Cost of fuel hitting home
T HE rising cost of fuel really hits home to motorists when a trip to the petrol station barely registers on the fuel gauge when drivers return to their vehicles. It has been that way for some time but it is probably more noticeable now as families are also being squeezed by an across-the-board rise in the cost of living. And if the AA is to believed then another 2p increase is on the cards before Easter. The most expensive garages in North Staffordshire are now charging £1.41p-a-litre. And while some supermarkets have kept their prices at £1.31p, the majority of petrol stations are charging more than £1.35p on the forecourts. Drivers will wonder why there is such a huge variation in the price charged by different companies for the same product. And why the cost of petrol and diesel appears to be constantly increasing. We have now reached the stage that when the price does fall by a few pence then drivers subconsciously think they are getting a bargain. Sixty per cent of the price drivers pay at the pump goes into Chancellor George Osborne's pocket and there is little chance of that being reduced any time soon particularly as more fuel efficient cars use less petrol. While technology is developing into Electric Vehicles which use none at all.
A nd the Government would argue its decision not to raise fuel duty for two years, has in fact made petrol 10p-a-litre cheaper than it otherwise would have been. Crude oil is traded in dollars which means with Sterling at a two-and-a-half year low against the dollar, it is more expensive for British companies to buy. And that coupled with the rising price of oil on the international market – for reasons which are unclear – is making the situation worse. The Government is relying on the private sector to drive the recovery in this country. Action needs to be taken to ensure we are not left on the starting grid because of the cost of fuel.
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