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Sunday, August 14, 2011
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I live in a small rural village, our County Council have just reduced the subsidy for local bus services, meaning our village now has far fewer buses than before (not that we had a particularly good service anyway).
I accept thaat revenue has to be made through fuel taxes, however why do we not have a level playing field for all? The government ministers who fix high fuel taxes are either millionaires who can afford it or much more likely get it free along with their tax-payer funded cars! The general public deserve a better deal .
Not only are we paying more for fuel than any other country but a lot of pumps at the petrol stations are now adding another 1-2p after the handle has been put back in the holder ...how does that happen ? Everyone need to refuse to pay the extra few pence that adds on after the petrol has finished pumping ...
Yesterday (Sat) a guy from Forecourt Assoc. ( I believe) was asked why prices had not come down since the price of crude was dropping. He gave the usual answers, tax,delivery charges etc. What was annoying was he said the £ had fallen against the $, well that is WRONG!! This time last year it was $1.56 now it's $1.62, has been higher, but has steadliy climbed over the year.
I buy my diesel on a fuel card.This week I will pay £130.9 per ltr.The garage I buy it through is charging £141.9.Things just do not add up.For the last three weeks the price to me has gone down in yet I see no evidence that fuel stations are lowering the price.Here in West Wales it is not feasable to drive to a major town to get the benefit of lower prices and one suspects that here the facts are the petrol stations have a captive market.Sainsbury,s are coming to the area thank god.
Good afternoon -I operate a small single vehicle International Road Haulage Co I purchase all of our fuel in either France or Spain where the per ltr price has escalated as it has in the UK. The overall cost per ltr even after the cost of reclaiming the foreign VAT still makes it attractive over UK costs add to this the user rebate that we get from the French and from next month from the Spanish (I am led to believe) I still think that our UK leaders can do a lot more for the Uk hauliers
The cost of petrol was a major factor in my decision to retire from my work this year. As a teaching assistant I earned less than £10 000 a year and the cost of travelling to work was escalating with fuel prices - money I could put to better use. Like many people I know of I cut down on my journeys to save on fuel costs and resent the fact that not only is the fuel tax extremely high but with each rise I also pay more in VAT. What is wrong with putting VAT on all goods and services with a fuel cost content and cutting fuel tax down to sensible amount; for example 15% and adding the VAT to that. Goods and services should by law go down therefore stimulating the economy and allowing wages and salaries to stop rising so fast. I am hit by extra costs on top of fuel for everything I buy even where there is no tax levied - the supplier adds a cost each time fuel goes up. Maybe the looters are right?
Not only are we being ripped off with the fuel charges and the govenment tax on the fuel, we are being ripped off with the road licence tax on our vehicles with the bad quality of our roads which inturn ruins our vehicles because of the pot-holes and then the authorities have cheak to tell us that we cannot use certian roads that we have paid for out of the tax on fuel and road licence during the olimpics.have you ever heard such nonsence in your life.
I have sent E-mails to Esso, BP,Shell and even to the Number 10 email address, trying to find out why Fuel is still far more expensive than when the oil price was last at $90 which was May 2010 when unleaded was around £1.19 a litre, although bearing in mind we had the VAT increase the actual cost of the Dollar was at $1.44 compared to the $1.62 it is today which actually counter balences the VAT. Only BP have returned an answer which basicaly says that the fuel companies are price fixing between them as that is how they base there prices, i thought that was actually illegal but i could be wrong.
I no its wrong that we our paying the highest price for fuel in europe and twice the price per gallon as the usa pay.
we that live in rural areas and have to use a car because public transport is not reliable or does not exist. fuel prices are only increased by added tax, not by the actual price of fuel. the garage owner only gets about 50p of the cost the rest is tax paid to the government and fuel companies who are extremely wealthy. al this cost knocks on to food and other goods, they all have to be transported somewhere and the haulage companies have to pay for the high fuel prices too so therefore have to pass on those extra costs. the government need to stop punishing the public by taxing them every which way...they should have, from the start, made the banks and bankers pay back the money they robbed us of by taking their assets and taxing the banks. fuel is a vital commodity to us all and should be reduced to £1 per litre, (another fiddle by the way, when they changed to decimal why can't it still be a gallon or equivalent?)
I live in small rural village the talk in the village is one thing the high price of fuel. people who outwardly look affluent are struggling because of high prices.
I filled my car from my pension this week and it cost me £60. I spent less on food! Is this right? I need a car to go to the supermarket!
Being on pension and lucky to have a car, although I live just out side London, to drive any where now, we have to consider the cost of the amount of diesel, that the journey would use, and make it worth while?
not the best of interviews,,,
I thought cartels were illegal but if the petrol companies aren't a cartel, same as energy companies, then I'm a dutchman. It's about time the watchdog got a grip and jumped on these greedy companies. Nothing changes whoever is in power, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. In future I shan't be bothering to vote at elections it aint worth the shoe leather!!
i run a bus service and since this recesion things have been bad to the point i was going to close down and im even able to claim back a percentage of fuel duty and all the vat but you have to pass on any increase to the customer because it takes 3 months to claim back the vat and 6 months for the fuel duty and i have found that our customers are stying at home more they just cant afford to go out not just because transport costs prevent them but they have to save more money for the increased cost of living in general and gas prices going up 18% who's wages are going up 18% inline simple nobodys
I cannot believe that a District Nurse would not be able to afford to visit a patient !!
The thing that we the people have'nt relised is, as fuel prices rise, that includes electric and gas, we pay "MORE VAT", this causes prices of all goods we purchase to rise, "MORE VAT", the government is allowing these price rises to grab more of our earnings, penstions etc through stealth taxes whilst pushing the blame elsewhere.
If our stupid governments would stop wasting British taxpayers money, to the tune of on average, 148 billion pounds a year, and stop giving foreign countries 10 billion pounds a year, the governments debt could be paid off within two years, then as well, get out of the EU, another black hole to the British tax-payer, we would be well on the way to putting right what is so very wrong with this country!
If our governments would stop wasting British taxpayers money, to the tune of on average, 148 billion pounds a year, and stop giving foreign countries 10 billion pounds a year, the governments debt could be paid off within two years, then as well, get out of the EU, another black hole to the British tax-payer, we would be well on the way to putting right what is so very wrong with this country!
People, you are forgetting the most important factors, firstly the government doesn't give a flying f@#k about the ordinary working man. Nobody in the government actually lives in the real world, they are completely isolated from reality. I noticed the PM getting in to his tax payer funded Jaguar XJ, do you think he payed the £117 to fill it? NO I did and you did and every other tax payer. The government will NEVER reduce fuel NEVER. They are on the global warming bandwagon, they have to been seen to be doing the right thing, like giving millions of pounds in aid to foreign countries, while people in the uk literally starve. The riots are a sign off the times, it's only the start, the government can't keep pushing people, ultimately people will snap. It is getting to the point were lots of people can no longer pay for necessities anymore, fuel is a major part in this.
Despite all the weeping and wailing regarding the price of fuel, it doesn't stop a vast number of people driving at speeds in excess of local and national speed limits. If you are driving on a motorway, and cruise at 65mph, an economical speed, just about everything else apart from lorries will overtake you. If most drivers altered their driving habits, they would all go further on a litre of fuel. Unfortunately for people living in the country side, they have the worst of all worlds. Poor roads, twisting lanes, with very few straight stretches, all adding up to poor fuel economy. Finally, I notice that all the talk is about government spending, and not slashing the staggering waste that goes on non stop in the public sector.
I am 70 year old and retired my husband Brian is 73 and still works 2 days a week to suppliment our pensions and savings but when we face such high fuel taxes we have to think twice about a day out in the country as often as we use to, we do have several short breaks away but we are having to cut that back too, we only drive a small car but are paying at least an extra £20 to fill up the Goverment will have to cut the tax on fuel soon as everything is more expensive do the people in government ever listen to us at all!!
i think if MR Cox had held up a Graph on sundays BBC interview showing the cost of petrol from the suppliers, the forcourts, the DUTY & the VAT, then let the goverment paid interviewers try to say its the Fuel companys fault Fuel is so high.
The government needs urgently to take action in reducing fuel tax whilst at the same time increase taxation on these fat-cat oil/petroleum companies who are making billions in profits.They are always keen to increase prices at the pumps,using the excuse of higher crude oil prices and then find further excuses not to reduce prices when the price of crude oil falls.
since fuel has gone above a pound i have really cut back on buying it. iv even used red at some points !!! last year me and my mate use to go driving late at night down are favourt local quite country road every weekend. this would make the goverment bettween £50 - £150 in tax and make me and my mates happy. now we have not been out for months!!! this combined with my use of red is cost the goverment dear!! they need fix this fast before me and my mate get pissed off at the weekend and decide to start a roit for something else to do instead of driving the love of my life. p.s im only 25 and im aready this piss of with this country and you wonder why we had roits last week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The tax on fuel is daylight robbery, why should the motorist have to bail the country out. We can give billions to other countries, while people in this country have to pay out a quarter of their take home pay in fuel to get to work. Cameron your a rich guy who couldnt give to hoots about the ordinary people of this country, when have you ever had to scrape a few quid together to fill the car up to get to work, so we can pay your taxes for your massive wages and pensions. MPs make me sick!
I am totally disallusioned with this government, they are so far removed from reality and the slogan Mr Cameron keeps banding about that we are all in this together is utter rubbish, how can we all be in it together, they certainly aren't and don't imagine for one minute any of the cuts or soaring fuel prices effect them at all. We have just had to reduce our fleet of vehicles and restructure our workforce because of soaring fuel prices, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to understand that this means lost revenue for this greedy government whilst adding to the unemployment figures!!!
Affluent parts of Glasgow appear to have fuel at reduced rates;filling station managers when questioned say it's a different company but the ones in question are Shell,Esso. Variations from £1.32.9 to £1.36.9 per litre. At 4.5litres to the gallon this adds to quite a profit over a 24hour period.
I echo most of the comments above. The interviewee on the BBC news did not perform well unfortunately. The questions were about the reduction in the price of a barrel of oil and he seemed to miss that point entirely. The fact is that oil has come down by approx 15% and the £ has increased in value against the $. Two reasons why the the price of a litre of fuel should be reduced to about £1.20 a litre. Why isn't the government screaming at the oil companies to drop the price and relieve some of the fuel poverty that is hitting parts of society. Rip off Britain. I thought David Cameron was supposed to do something about this. What about the fuel price regulator he was banging on about a few months ago. All has gone quiet. Come on David wake up! Lower fuel prices means people have more money to spend in the shops and help kick start the economy. As to the rate of tax and VAT on fuel it is ridiculous. 70% of the cost of fuel may relate to taxes but do people realise that the rate of tax on a litre is very nearly 200%.
I agree with all that has been said already reguarding fuel prices and the tax & vat on that fuel. The question I would like an answer to is :- why is Diesel more expensive than petrol? I know for a fact that deisel is cheaper than petrol on the continent (Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Belgium & France ) I purchased a deisel vehicle when deisel used to be cheaper to run in the UK. I didn't get that right did I.
stop borrowing money to give to richer countries or those ruled by tyrants who divert the funds.Also bring back the troops from a lost cause in Afghanistan and also the unwise entry into lybia.Next dispose of all the spendthrift quangos and reduce MPs expenses claims (Taxis,accomodation etc)We might then be able to reduce fueltaxes/vat and be able to retain a few ships,aircraft,soldiers,sailors and airmen defend our own country.This also applies to the proposed cuts in the police.They have had to strip rural areas of there already stretched forces to deal with London alone.
That was a very interesting comment from J WAGER.Some time ago I was filling up at BP & noticed when I went to pay the price had gone up by a penny.I argued with them but they told me I was my mistaken & were not interested.The next time I had to visit the same BP station I checked for this & yes as I put the nozzle back in it went up by a penny.This time I demanded to speak to the manager myself being more fuelled up than my car was.They must know they are doing this as they apologised & offered me the money back from a small pot of change they keep on the front desk.How many pennies do they rob off of innocent people to take even more money from us?
With regard to being over charged by 1p at the pumps 99% of stations our doing this must have been going on for a year nearly.
I live in a similar situation to Kathleen Fall - rural and bus service cuts.
The vast majority of comments & cures on extortionate fuel prices are correct. We all know who is to blame. The Tory politicians when canvassing for our vote all promised that something would be done. Cameron & Osborne have both assured us they will do something. The Escalator was supposed to have been brought in. Nothing! Remember, whenever a politician opens his mouth to speak a lie will come out.
I support the ethos of the fair fuel price campaign, but it seems to me that this was yet another interview where the opportunity to make things very clear to everyone, was wasted, by all three parties.
i have just returned from torridon, in north west scotland.a fortnight of sheer bliss.i would like to return next summer.however.petrol at home 132.9 a litre.in the highlands 146.9.a journey of 510 miles each way.plus visits.the cost of fuel alone, would pay for a break in a good hotel for 2.
as usual cameron lied through his teeth about a fair fuel stabalizer to get the public on his side and get into power,now he,s in power he does not give a toss about the cost of fuel.he does,nt have to fork out every day for fuel.he cares more about the poor of other countries and giving billions in foriegn aid,even though this once great country of ours is on its arse,no wonder we are having riots,
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