Monday, December 3, 2012

85% of motorists say the price of fuel is having a negative impact on their social lives.

  • 85% people say the price of fuel has had a negative impact on their social life
  • 3/4 say they are using their car less now than they were a year ago
  • 6% of motorists say they have slept in their car to avoid the expense of commuting to work
  • 2.9 million ‘ghost cars’ in the UK are used less than once a week

Motorists are being forced to make tough choices and big sacrifices in an effort to save money and reduce the impact of the price of fuel on their lives. A joint survey of more than 9,000 people by the RAC and FairFuelUK has revealed three quarters of motorists are using their car less today than a year ago and they are taking some extreme measures to cut back on the miles they travel.  Quentin Willson, national spokesman for FairFuelUK said, "These results prove that unless the Chancellor scraps the 3p rise on Wednesday next week he’ll be delivering a cruel Christmas and an impoverished New Year to millions of families and tens of thousands of UK businesses. As a society we’ve never seen this sort of financial pressure put on personal mobility.”


RAC technical director David Bizley said:

  1. "Our members have been telling us for a long time that the cost of motoring is getting too much to stomach and having a big impact on their lives but it has now reached crisis point with motorists taking extreme steps to cope with the high price of fuel.
  2. "At Christmas time it is particularly hard to accept that people are cutting back on family trips and social gatherings in an effort to save money. We strongly urge the Chancellor to take a decisive step this week by scrapping the 3p fuel duty increase planned for January 2013. Fuel duty in Britain is the highest in Europe and now represents 60% of the price we pay at the pump. Motorists are contributing £45 billion to the Treasury every year, but only a fraction is going to improve the quality of the road network.
  3. "It is motorists and families living in rural areas that are hit the hardest as they are doubly reliant on their cars to get to work, school and maintain family contacts. Access to supermarket filling stations, where prices are lowest, and public transport alternatives which are not always available to those living in remote areas and who are often on lower wages to begin with.
  4. "People are also telling us that they are facing tough choices about their careers with some now weighing up whether it is actually affordable to commute to work. And we had a significant number of pensioners telling us that with a fixed income there was nothing they can do but simply cut out social and non-essential trips altogether and even stopping doing voluntary work.”

Key findings from the "Social Impact of fuel prices survey"

• FairFuelUK • FFUK • RAC • Fuel Duty • 3p • David Bizley • QuentinWillson 

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[ posted by john pocock, 03.12.12 12:51 ]

the major problem with fuel rises and taxation is that we have a government,generally,and a cabinet,in particular, that have "never"had to struggle financially to make ends meet.does 3p make any difference to the likes of osborne etc. when the silver spoon is firmly embedded in their gobs and just have no clue as to prioritising or cutting back on spending.the only way is to be governed by those that have,do and will suffer and not by this shower.that goes for all the current political parties,they all p___ in the same pot.


[ posted by Brian Riches, 03.12.12 12:56 ]

It's a pity that your RAC poll didn't offer enough options or the possibility of entering a separate comment. I did my best, but it's not really accurate.
For example, as I am retired and have a back condition, I have only a "company" pension. The question about how much fuel I put in my tank when I "fill up" would be best answered by "What I think I can afford." However, how often I put fuel in my vehicle is more like "Once every 3 months or more." When I retired I had made careful calculations and reckoned that, since I would no longer have a mortgage to pay and would not be travelling around 60 miles a day between home and work, I would, with care, be able to continue my life and even visit places that I had always wanted to see. The reality has been far different with all the increases in costs over the last 3 years. I can't really go anywhere. For the most part it is the trip to the supermarket and back. Although the nearest supermarket is only a little over a mile away, my collapsed vertebrae means that walking back with bags of shopping would be impossible. Even walking there and back carrying nothing requires a 20-minute stop at some point to allow the pain to fade. As for going to places.... From the situation when I was working where I would cover around 30,000 miles a year, the recorded mileage between my last 2 MOTs was down to 2,000 miles. This year, I've tried to reduce my mileage even more. I am close to housebound. But I have to have the car for shopping. What I have tried to cut back on is food, heating and lighting. I daren't even try to get a Blue Badge. The thought of paying out a non-returnable fee and just hoping that I will be fortunate is not an option. But the biggest problem still remains the fuel. When I first started using a motor vehicle, fuel was priced in shillings per gallon. A figure around 3 shillings seems to ring bells. Now we're forced to pay over £6.00. Someone is profiteering! The government is first, of course. More than £3.60 of the price of a gallon of fuel is tax. And what does the government do for it? Nothing that I can see. Is charging the majority of motorists £260 a year or more not enough? Whose aim is it to drive the majority off the roads and make us a serf-type economy where no-one can travel farther than half the distance they can walk in a day? If it is reasonable to have 5% VAT on heating fuel, why isn't it reasonable to have 5% VAT on road fuel?


[ posted by Dave Brown, 03.12.12 13:33 ]

The largest, single contributing factor in determining whether a country provides its citizen's with freedom is "choice".
Choice over where to live, where to work, who to live with, etc.
The healthiest societies are those where people are rewarded for their contribution to their country and can have an active part the growth of its economy.

Two fundamental issues face the UK that have come together to undermine the above principles and threaten to destroy any attempt at an economic recovery. They are the high duty applied to fuel and the failure to provide a viable, cost effective alternative.

Eighteen months ago I crossed the line of paying more for my monthly fuel to get back and for to work than I did on my mortgage. Since then, that line has been truly stamped over and I have had to change the nature of my work and downsize my car.

Not many people have the flexibility to do that and so we live in a time where those who have no choice; in other words, those who work to provide for their families, are forced into paying a stealth tax for the privilege of continuing to work to keep the same country afloat that's throttling the life out of them.
Those who don't contribute can throttle back, can ease up on fuel. Those of us who work cannot. We cannot leave our cars behind and take the train; it too is cost-prohibitive. We have to continue to downsize our expectations, reduce our quality of life, provide less extra-curricular activities for our children (which in turn supports our education)

It's gone beyond a joke. Enough is enough. The government is biting the hand that feeds it; if it were a business it would be fleecing the stare holders to pay its least productive staff. The company would lose market share and fail.


[ posted by Simon Liddle, 05.12.12 14:44 ]

I am all for the reduction in prices at the pump as i have an average family and spending £180 per week on diesel which aquates to over £700 per month, not so long ago this was a mortgage payment now its a 2 car bill for fuel.To pay this out every month i have to earn 20% above this in order to pay at the pumps and guess what, the 20% tax has already paid and i have not even mentioned the National insurance contributions.
After a holiday in the states not so long ago a gentlemen politeley mentioned that they would not put up with what we pay in the UK and do you know what he is right because he pointed out that we do not stand up for ourselves, we pay what ever we are told to and lets face it we all moan about it but we pay it.We should get together and not pay it because that is the only way the fuel will be reduced, unless the the majority of the nation sticks together the battle will always be lost.
Look back at the Government and decide, whenever a party wants to be elected, the earth is promised but never delivered. We are constantly paying for for another parties disruption to the nation and accountability is zero.
The Banks and Labour have contributed to a society of mistakes and pay back but what i would like to know is when us" Joe Public" will be appreciated for continously bankrolling the mess left behind. When will the Government not only say thankyou but give us something in return. As a small business i am unable to charge 60% profit as my business will have gone down the pan and washed up for good unlike the profit at the pumps. If i did would it be high way robbery, greed or just the norm or is it the standards and charges set by a heirachy of already rich MPs.
The long and short of all this is, we all need to dictate where and what we pay not imbosiles that cant even debate like adults.More of us need to join forces and stop being ripped off.
All of us need to boycott the pumps together and make a stance for all of us.
Where do we stand legally on changing this unwanted extortion?


[ posted by Bill, 03.02.13 23:00 ]

The Daily Express reported on the 29th of January last that an audit of taxes by this coalition government discovered that 254 taxes have been raised since they came to power and 45 more are planned by the general election in 2015. Thats nearly 300 new taxes on top of the ones we pay already. They gave millionaires £100,000 pounds tax gift and that was to people who arrange their tax affairs to pay in many cases less tax than their secretaries.

Every day we hear of a new high street big name company collapsing HMV being the latest one plus there are nothing but government spending cuts announced on everything with 19% from all government departments plus thousands of military weapons systems and troop numbers etc.

If they are cutting Government expenditure at these levels WHY DO THEY NEED 300 NEW TAXES?


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