UK motorists using 15% less petrol

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Car Rental News - 06/10/2011


Recent research has shown that drivers in the UK are consuming as much as 15 per cent less petrol amid tough economic co

The news comes via a new report from the AA, which recently found that the amount of petrol sold in the United Kingdom between January and June of this year had dropped 1.7 billion litres from the same period one year prior. The group said that the figure directly reflects the impact of record fuel prices during the first half of 2011.

Both consumers and businesses continue to try to consume less petrol, as many are left with no other choice in order to continue to make ends meet due to the dramatic spikes in fuel costs.

The trend has also led to lower emission levels, not only because of fewer drivers on the road, but also due to a reduction of delivery vehicles. The lower number of fuel purchases in early 2011, compared to the same time in 2010, equalled about 40,000 fewer deliveries for fully stocked petrol tankers.

The AA also said that the drop in sales has meant substantially lower income for the Treasury, which saw about £1 billion less in the first six months of 2011 than in 2010.

The trend has impacted on fuel stations, with hundreds of petrol retailers around the UK having to shut up shop this year, as supermarkets continue to offer ‘bargain’ rates to attract thrifty customers.

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