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RAC report shows increasing cost of owning a car

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Since last year, the average cost of owning a car has shot up by around 14 per cent, the RAC claims in a recent study. The paper shows that the biggest single contributing factor is the price of filling a tank. Over the past year, the cost of putting petrol into a car has shot up by 13.8 per cent to 134.78 pence per litre. The price of diesel has also increased to 140.49 pence per litre from 122 pence, a rise of 15.16 per cent.

Since 2010, the average cost of filling a car has increased by £160. The RAC said that this fact was increasing the burden on already cash strapped middle class families. The organisation is now calling on the government to take action, and reduce the price at the pumps.

Adrian Tink, a spokesperson for the RAC, said the index showed just how much drivers were being penalised at the pumps. Another factor is the rising cost of insuring a car. Because of an increase in insurance fraud, the number of uninsured drivers on the roads, and more people making claims for personal injuries, firms have pushed up the cost by around 14 per cent. The price of annual cover now hovers around £550.

Owning a car now costs Brits close to £7,000 per year.

In 2009, taking out an insurance policy was 35 per cent cheaper than it is today. The tide has to be stemmed, said Mr Tink.

Fewer car journeys as price of fuel rises

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The high cost of petrol is forcing many motorists to cut back on the journeys they make. According to a recent survey by the RAC, around a third of drivers are making fewer journeys than they would like because of fuel prices. Diesel currently costs around £1.42 per litre and unleaded is at £1.37.

Among the journeys being cut are those taking children to activities after they finish the school day, and visiting friends and family. Many are also looking at alternative forms of transport to get them to work. However, the survey indicates that those who live in rural areas are finding the situation toughest because there are limited public transport alternatives available.

The survey of 1,000 motorists revealed that 35 per cent are now making fewer short journeys, and 30 per cent are also cutting down on longer trips. Just below 40 per cent said that they were now trying to plan their journeys to combine as many trips as they could.

If the price of fuel continues to rise, 65 per cent of respondents said they would be forced to substantially reduce the amount of time they spend behind the wheel. Motoring could soon become a luxury for 58 per cent.

Adrian Tink, motoring strategist for the RAC, said the ability of people to perform basic tasks and to live their lives is under threat. He added that the government needs to take action if the situation is not going to get worse. He went on to say that, at the very least, the authorities need to put a freeze on fuel duty.

Drivers pay record price for petrol

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Many motorists may not feel particularly festive when they look at their latest fuel receipts. Last week, the price of a litre of petrol hit 121.76p. This is a new record and it could be set to increase further after VAT is pushed to 20 per cent in the New Year.

According to Edmund King, President of the AA, the price hike is the fault of retailers and oil companies trying to drive greater profits. He pointed out that in just one week the price of petrol had risen by 1.7p per litre and the price of diesel by 1.61p per litre. If nothing is done to stop the spiralling price of fuel, King warned, motorists could well be paying over 124p for a litre of petrol on 5 January.

The recent spate of wintry weather has not helped the situation, with many motorists watching their precious fuel drain away while the engine idles in traffic jams cause by ice and snow.

Adrian Tink, a strategist with the RAC, said it was incredible to realise that the price of petrol had risen by so much in just a year. He added that by increasing an average of 13p per litre motorists were now paying around £7 more every time they fill up there tank than they were this time last year.

He went on to say that the government had to do something about the situation. He suggested they start by putting off the January price rise and look seriously at the issue of petrol pricing throughout the country.

Motorists may see pay per mile tax to reduce UK traffic

Monday, July 12th, 2010

The Royal Automotive Club Foundation (RAC) has announced that they believe one of the best ways to reduce UK traffic congestion problems is through a tax which will charge motorists based on how far they travel. This pay-per-mile fee may be the only viable alternative by which to reduce the country’s growing traffic problem, according to the RAC.

A recent study by the automotive group shows that traffic on UK roadways could increase by as much 33 per cent by 2025. Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said that the majority of those surveyed, 58 per cent, said that they would consider driving less if forced to pay a per-mile charge. Mr Glaister also said that such legislation to impose a tax on motorists may be inevitable, as it will ultimately benefit motorists and there are not any viable alternatives available.

Roger Lawson, London regional spokesman for the Association of British Drivers, said that although Mr Glaister has consistently supported a pay-per-mile charge, he does not believe it to be a good idea for motorists. He said that it will affect the poorest members of the population the most, and that his group will oppose any possible legislation which will put a driving distance tax on UK motorists.

Driving on European roads rule

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

For those planning to explore Europe this summer, hiring a car is a great way to do it. There’s nothing better than the freedom of going exactly where you want whenever you want and driving through Europe can be a lot of fun.

However, research by the RAC reveals that 76 per cent of Britons who drive abroad feel nervous about getting behind the wheel in France and other European countries, with 21 per cent of drivers admitting to accidentally driving on the left hand side of the road. (more…)