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High Fuel Prices forcing people to drive less

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Two thirds of the UK’s motorists are being forced to reduce the amount of car journeys they make due to the rising price in fuel said a recent report.

The report also showed that Rural Britain is the worst-hit, with a third of drivers saying they will have to cut down on trips to see families and friends if motoring costs continue to rise.  Rural motorists are almost twice more reliant on their cars than those living in urban areas, with findings showing that 30% of those drivers live too far away from any public transport links for it to be convenient, compared to just 3% of urban drivers.

Just under half of drivers hold the UK government accountable for the rise in petrol, with oil companies and oil-producing countries being next in the line of fire.  Only 1% blamed individuals who own petrol stations, but more than four in five motorists believe there should now be a body implemented to monitor and control the market, thereby ensuring fair prices.

The UK already pays the highest duty and tax on fuel, and there have been calls for duty to be frozen and scheduled inflation rises to be scrapped, although nothing has been confirmed at this time.

Local Authorities to help?

Sustrans has called on local authorities to battle the rising costs of fuel by investing more into alternative forms of transport such as walking and cycling.  With recent studies showing that local journeys make up 67% of all car journeys, Sustrans believe the National Rail Network can help people to save money who travel locally.

Sustrans are calling on local authorities to encourage the public to reduce their reliance on four wheels, and also provide safe transport alternatives.

According to the latest figures released by Sustrans, 25 per cent of all journeys made last year on the National Cycle Network, which Sustrans actively develops and maintains, were related to commuting and work, which they believe emphasises its potential as an alternative to the car for everyday travel.

Ian Donaldson, Managing Director of Autonet Insurance said, “The price of petrol has risen by an astonishing 41 per cent in just four years, putting many people who rely on car travel in a difficult position.

A good way to split the high cost of travel is to encourage sharing journeys, particularly on longer commutes. At the moment in the UK, around 60 per cent of all car journeys are made by solo drivers.  Car-pooling will actively help you to save money on your petrol.”

 

By Ben Malkin

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