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Steep petrol prices forcing drivers to ration journeys

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: October 03, 2012

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Motorists are increasingly rationing journeys as steep petrol prices continue to bite.

Almost 500 million fewer litres of petrol sold between April and June than in the same period last year, the Department of Energy and Climate Change statistics show, despite a temporary dip in price.

That was a fall of more than 10 per cent on the previous period – effectively meaning one in 10 journeys were not being made – and shows how Britain’s motorists are increasingly feeling the pinch.

Since June a new wave of price rises has come into effect, so the picture could be even bleaker.

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The problem is exacerbated in rural areas such as large parts of the West, where viable alternatives to cars are often thin on the ground due to the distance to shops and services and the irregular nature of public transport in the countryside.

Filling the average 50-litre tank of a family car costs in the region of £70 and a survey earlier this year suggested families were spending more on fuel than they were on food.

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  • MoeXXX  |  October 03 2012, 9:13PM

    Maybe nowhere in Britain worth going to any more. Maybe more people are driving more fuel-efficient cars. Let's not jump to conclusions.

  • Malthouse  |  October 03 2012, 2:07PM

    The reduction in car dependancy is indeed a good thing as it may help to reduce the price of petrol. Increasing higher fuel duties won't solve anything, it's a matter of supply and demand.

  • a1rhellair  |  October 03 2012, 10:49AM

    Totally agree jezer. bath is a car addicts' paradise. On a recent sunday afternoon visit, I saw that practically every street was crawling with cars. If there was a major incident needing several emergency vehicles, hardly any of them would've been able to get past in some places due to thoughtless parking. A bus being delayed due to the same reason was almost a daily occurance when I was commuting to and from bath. Revenue raised from higher taxation could be used to subsidise fares or improve public transport, as they are done elsewhere. Local authorities are required by transport acts to provide socially useful and needed public transport. It's mainly in the southwest they have failed to do this. Others have just got on with it....for years - http://tinyurl.com/9dhywzb

  • MajorFlack  |  October 03 2012, 10:44AM

    Thanks for continuing to educate me jezer, I don't know where I'd be without you filling in the ecological gaps. Perhaps you could help me with a not unconnected decision I'm weighing up. With the growing number of people such as your good self rejecting motorised transports of different kinds due to both cost and environmental issues, do you think I should become a horse trader? What are the pros and cons?

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  • jezer  |  October 03 2012, 10:03AM

    If car dependancy has been reduced, then this is surely a good thing. Perhaps we need higher fuel duties to accelerate the process?

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