Stranded cars - ruined days
Both the AA and RAC road services report an increase in the number of vehicles running out of petrol on our roads and motorways.
Apparently, a big factor is drivers looking for better fuel prices. Despite already needing petrol, they will drive by a filling station in the hope that the next one will be a few pence cheaper.
At one level, I fully understand the desire and, in many cases the need, to find cheaper fuel and save on the obscene costs of filling up. However, the risk, both in terms of cost to the individual motorist and danger and delay to the rest of us all is surely unacceptable.
Increasing fuel and energy prices are a global problem but the outrageous price of petrol in the UK is a local tax issue determined by our own Government. American motorists were up in arms about their gasoline costs which peaked recently at nearly 66p per litre but that is half of the price that we pay in the UK.
High tax is clearly a Government policy and that is unlikely to change in the near future. It seems that we motorists will have to do the best that we can to cope. But, running out of petrol on a motorway, I think that is one economy too far.
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19 May 2011, 01:35PM
I am an American and we would never put up with the prices that you guys pay over here. Yes, we have had price hikes this last year but $4 per gallon was pretty much a psychological ceiling that could not be broken.
27 May 2011, 12:17PM
The sooner the Government begin to realise the damage that is being done to the whole economy, the sooner we will get out of this mess.
15 July 2011, 09:33AM
All of the campaigning for lower petrol costs seems to have died a death. How can we be putting up with these outrageous prices and not shouting about them?
Andi Sadler, Grimsby UK
14 February 2013, 11:35PM
The goverment here in the UK are very greedy. Petrol has dropped lately from around 1.40 pounds a litre back to 1.29 ish. Now however its on its way back up again. Rises about a penny a litre every week. Hasnt the UK got the highest or one of the highest petrol prices in the world? And the country is supposed to be in a economical crisis! so what do they do? add more tax onto everything,rob peter to pay paul and panic. Idiotic way we run our country. The puppets at the top have seriously damaged the name of Great Britian as its certainly not great anymore.
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