Diesel now £6 a gallon

The average price of diesel is now 131.9p a litre – over £6 per gallon – and with unleaded petrol now costing an average118.6p a litre, motorists are spending £14.3 million more each day at the pump than a year ago.

A survey for The Times has revealed that the rise in pump prices over the past year is changing people’s behaviour.

Nearly a third of people claim to no longer drive to their local shops, and 29 per cent have cut out visits to out-of-town retail parks. Nearly one in four is no longer using the car on the school run.

The high price of fuel is affecting the popularity of diesel-powered cars, which were traditionally bought for their superior fuel efficiency.

A spokesperson for the Environmental Transport Association said: “People are doing exactly the right things to reduce their motoring costs – cutting out trips by car that can easily be done on foot or by bike is an excellent way to start saving money.”

The ETA publishes a Car Buyers’ Guide to help people choose the least polluting and most fuel efficient model of car and a series of green driving tips to help reduce the costs of motoring.


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2 Responses to Diesel now £6 a gallon

  1. Buster June 28, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Seems like a good time to get a bike…

  2. David Tamayo June 28, 2008 at 6:18 pm #

    The only way to leave an impression on the gas industry is to change our usage. If they feel that change in their pocket they will change how they deal with the public. It is like an addiction issue. They feel like they have us hooked because for a few years, despite climbing prices, there has been no appreciable change in the worlds driving habits. If there is a change now, these companies will realize that they might need to give up some of that bottom line to stay in business. Another point is that everybody should know where their gas comes from and who owns the companies that are selling it to them. The answers might surprise some people. By filling your tank, you may be shocked to know who you are bankrolling.

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