Where my factory is in Corby I can get U/L @ £1.08 P/l at Asda.
LOL.WE ARE DOOMED but at least I got my car
You think that's bad, when I was in Bristol last week, Shell was selling Diesel at 132.9 per litreDiesel now at £1.29 a litre!! small independent garage outside of Durham.
Well my local Tesco is doing T99 for 118.9 per litre and its better than V Power, or so the independant tests on it i've looked at will have me believe. Start going to tescos - get your club car points too, 1 point = 1 p on your shopping, so at least you kind of get 1p a litre back. Even better when they do the 5p a litre discount sometimes too.Just paid £1.23/litre for Shell Vpower Blessed with a company fuel card so only recently started taking notice of the numbers on the pumps. But makes you think - working for a company with ~60K employees, probably a third of which have their fuel paid for, gotta have a huge impact on opex. No wonder the economy's on a precipice.
Still, the moment I get back in the car and fire her up, it's forgotten - temporarily......
'At the risk of sounding like a left wing nob (I'm a selfish Thatcher's child!) I'm not yet convinced that the hike in fuel prices is an entirely bad thing. (Go on, flame me!)
I'm told that in real terms (cost of car fuel versus average income, cost of fuel inflation compensated etc) then fuel is still cheaper than it was before the 1980s (I have vague recollections of UK speed limits being reduced to 60mph in the mid 1970s to save fuel ... did I imagine this?)
It never ceases to amaze me when I see huge numbers of cars in supposedly "deprived" areas of the UK. I also know plenty of parents who drive their kids less than half a mile to school then take the car home again (i.e. it's not an onward journey to work). Guess what ... they're not exactly thin families. Hmm ... there must be a petrol consuming gene.
I'm kind of pleased to see reports that people are cutting down on trivial journeys and are actually having to think (wow!) about where and when they travel by car. I am sympathetic to people who commute long distances from rural or semi-rural areas or work unsociable hours and to be honest I don't have an answer for these people because public transport will never work for them.
In the UK we moan about the tax overhead ... to be honest I'm glad that 60% of what I pay at the pump goes back into the UK rather than into the coffers of a middle eastern or african country.
In my job at work I've noticed a significant decrease in the number of travel based expense claims I have to approve for my team yet I don't see any reduction in productivity ... is this a bad thing?
If you suddenly can't afford to run your gas guzzler (S5's included!) then boo hoo, seriously, you couldn't afford it in the first place and should have known better.
Whilst it's a global impact I'm kind of OK with the fuel price rises. When it becomes localised to me (to the point my country is significantly disadvantaged) then that's when I'll start to bitch.
Ian you hit the nail on the head as usual. Every point you made is well justified and I agree with you on all of it.'
I kinda agree with where you're coming from... however there are a few things I'd like to add...
1) The fuel price hike means a rise in the cost of all goods/essentials on the shelves because we are so dependent on our food coming from miles away by lorry. This hits everyone... even those without cars. This (rather than cost at the pump)is a bigger impact for most (+£50 a week for me on food... that's £200 per month!!). Mostly because the govt. has sat on it's arse and not helped local farmers / producers.
2) The govt. has had a policy of increasing housing... which although much needed, where have they put it? well near me (south lincs), in the last 10 years I think it's about 0.5 million homes. in south lincs you now HAVE to have a car, just to commute to the train station to commute to London!!
3) Back to shops... Local authorities keep approving these lovely 'edge of town' shopping developments with plenty of free parking and no bus services... town centre shops are disapearing as a result... meaning that in your local town, 30,000 people can't walk into town to get what they need... thay have to drive out of town to get it... therefore needing car.
4) Employment... my local town used to have two major manufacturers, employing 5,000 people. Now only one survives, employing about 1,000. This means that 4,000 people need to find factory work somewhere else... by car. Successive govts have failed to support local business and UK manufacturing... and here's the result... a nation of call centres and banks that you have to drive to!
How can anyone get by, outside of an inner city without a car nowadays?