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Is petrol too expensive?
A petrol pump
Are you concerned about rising petrol prices and the stability of world oil markets?

The recent price surge in oil to well beyond US$60 a barrel has ignited fears of whether output can meet demand in the face of refinery closures and instability in the Middle East.

Petrol prices have risen accordingly in many countries. In the UK the average price of unleaded petrol in the UK is over 0.90 a litre for the first time.

Are you concerned? How have rising petrol prices affected you? What impact will instability in oil markets have worldwide? What can be done?

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.

The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

This topic was suggested by Donna Chisholm, Staffs, UK
Has petrol now become too expensive? How will people cope with the increase?

I think it is outrageous! I have five children to taxi around and to pay this much is an injustice. I can't afford cabs and it's not possible to walk as I have to be in different places in short amounts of time. How am I supposed to find extra money for a necessity I cannot do without? Something will have to give. Do I buy less food? Or the children go without shoes?
Nicola McLean, Spalding, Lincs

It is about time the government reduced the amount of duty payable on fuel, at least whilst there is an issue with the barrel price. It is stupid that we pay four times the price than the USA who are the most gas guzzling country on earth. Duty has no effect if you 'have' to use a vehicle. It will increase inflation in the long run.
Paul Anderson, Grays, Essex

Bio-fuels have been available for years but no one seems inclined to supply them to the general public. I would use bio-diesel without hesitation if I could find somewhere that sold it. At least then I wouldn't be made to feel guilty about travelling to work each day to earn a living.
Phil, Worcester

Yet again the favourite forum for the self-righteous public transport users to tell us that we don't need cars. Perhaps a few people may be able to take the train to work so long as they live in a city and their bosses don't mind if they are late 20% of the time. And you'd better not work till after dark or you'll probably get mugged (or worse) on the top deck. Do you people actually live in the real world?
Clarky, Birmingham/France

It is high time the government took some tax off fuel. It is killing the haulage industry and people who live in rural areas where cars are a must. The cost of manufacturing diesel compared to petrol is only a fraction of the cost.
Tim Harris, Brecon Powys

Perversely it is the high tax charged on petrol in this country that has insulated us from the doubling of crude oil costs over the last 12 -18 months. We have bought more fuel efficient cars than those in countries with low tax, our distribution networks are world leaders in efficiency because high fuel costs have incentivised the industry to invest and modernise so our economy is competitive despite high fuel prices. In the US petrol at the pump has more than doubled recently while we have only had to absorb a 25% increase. The impact on our personal budget is therefore less than in most countries!
David, London

Public transport is pathetic to say the least and far too expensive to use
Chris, Peterborough, UK
I commute 20 miles to work and back. In the winter I use my car in the Summer I use my bike (a motor bike that is). Twice the MPG, road tax is cheaper. Public transport is pathetic to say the least and far too expensive to use.
Chris, Peterborough, UK

Demand for oil is ever increasing whilst supplies have peaked and will, in the near future, begin to decline. The law of supply and demand means the price will in the long-term continue to rise. High fuel prices? You haven't seen anything yet. Get used to it!
Paul, London, UK

Subtract 80% (taxes) from what you pay at the pump and you'll know the real cost of one litre of petrol. If such level a taxation was ever imposed in the U.S. you would see a second American Revolution.
Meerkat, Alexandria, VA, USA

I don't have a problem if petrol is too expensive; I have more money than I know what to do with, and could easily afford to drive three cars, let alone one. Anyone who complains should have worked harder at school so they could get a better job; it's a bit late to whinge now.
Chris, Cambridge

Petrol prices are obviously far too cheap still, as far too many people still drive less than a mile to take their kids to school etc..
Mark Gillespie, Weymouth, UK

There are various ways of minimising usage of fuel and therefore saving money, such as car sharing
Katherine, London, UK
Petrol prices go up with oil prices - why is that people cannot seem to accept that? Yes, petrol is taxed highly, but if it wasn't, the tax would be somewhere else and I for one think that it is entirely appropriate that the use of something (i.e. a car) that is inherently damaging to the environment should be discouraged for anything except essential travel. Yes, that might be driving to work, but there are various ways of minimising usage of fuel and therefore saving money, such as car sharing or using a car with a smaller or more efficient engine.
Katherine, London, UK

Most journeys by car in the UK could be taken by foot or bike so stop moaning and get walking - you probably need the exercise anyway!
Dan, UK

Fuel prices are high for two reasons. 1. The government wants you to be deterred from driving for "The Public Good". 2. The Government doesn't want you to be deterred because it needs lots of your money in taxes and duty for "The Public Good". You can't win.
Josephine Bennington, UK

Company cars should be taxed much higher than those privately owned
David, Maidstone
I think that company cars should be taxed much higher than those privately owned. My friend has just changed his company car to some monster 4x4 that does less than 10 mpg. What does he care, he doesn't pay for it. The Chancellor should hit companies which just increase their prices to recover these costs, and leave the poor private motorist who has to pay for his motoring out of his own pocket alone.
David, Maidstone

Fuel is so highly priced now but maybe it's because the oil is running low. Why not make cars that are more eco friendly? Until then I'm afraid we will have to keep paying the prices. I agree with what some people are saying about big fuel guzzlers - they must have money to waste.
Joanne, Berkshire

Whenever there is a discussion like this people take the opportunity to point the finger at other people - cyclists, 4X4 users, parents on the school run etc. Instead of this, I think that people should look honestly at their own transport use, and try to see if they could be more eco-friendly.
Karen, UK

Of course fuel prices are too high. It is just another form of taxation. If this government did not waste tax revenues so much prices could come down. Looks like we will have very high fuel prices for years to come.
John Howell, Birmingham, England

The most harmful pollution is caused by aviation, yet jet fuel is tax free. It seems entirely reasonable to me to impose duty on Jet-A1 and reduce the cost of petrol and diesel.
John Askew, Wirral, England

I recently wrote to the government to ask why anyone would need a car with an engine larger than 1.6. They didn't answer. I cycle to work everyday in London, and did when I didn't live in London too. It is 20miles a day round trip. I also own a car, which is used only at the weekends. I want to sell it, but there is no real alternative as the integration of public transport anywhere but London doesn't happen.
Richard Todd, London, United Kingdom

Can we stop all this holier than thou motorist bashing please? Car use is part of a much wider problem which isn't going to be solved by environmentalists preaching about using the bus. If the cost of petrol keeps rising, then the cost of goods will keep rising, energy costs will keep rising, train fares and bicycles will cost more. What do you think the tyres are made of? Demand for houses in central locations will also go up, pushing prices further out of the reach of most average earners and we'll be no better off. No amount of lecturing about wind farms and 'gas guzzlers' will stop that. It's we tried to engage people in debate rather than just bashing them over the head with a big guilt stick. We all rely on oil, so we're all part of the problem.
Phil, Watford, UK

We live in the country and talk of 'public transport' is a joke, one bus a day if you are lucky. We live in a modern society and we have to accept the need for people to have vehicles, especially in rural areas. The government should cap the price of petrol in rural areas. People in urban areas should pay more where there are realistic alternatives to the car. You could even have 'fluid pricing' making petrol more expensive during commuting hours.
Chris Parker, Padbury

It's not the price of the petrol that's too high, it's the level of tax on it. Of course Gordon Brown can defer the increase in fuel duty, he's making it on the increase in VAT revenues. A question worth asking is do we pay VAT on the price of petrol including duty. If we are we're paying tax on a tax.
Tim, Bradford, West Yorkshire

I think people should stop blaming the SUV drivers all the time. Many of these vehicles actually have lower emissions than quite a few cars. I don't drive one myself, but that's because I don't need a car that size. In a few years I will most likely change to a 4X4 but have a dual fuel system fitted. Then I can parade around in my huge SUV, safe in the knowledge that it is kinder to the environment than most hatchbacks.
Peter, Kent

Of course petrol is a rip-off. It's the same with gas. We live next to the North Sea with its huge resources but we still have to pay through the nose for it. The government complains about 4x4s but they still collect the large duty on the petrol they consume. They should use the money made by this duty for research into alternative fuels, instead of spending it on pointless wars. They should also put pressure on the USA (the biggest consumer of them all) and car companies to develop and mass produce hybrid cars since the technology is already available.
Mstern, London

I use my car to commute to the train station and pay astronomical prices for petrol, but what is the alternative? Bus to the station? I don't think so, considering the last one is at five past six and my train gets in at quarter past. When will environmentalists learn that we use our cars through necessity, rather than enjoyment.
Darren Drummond, Whitburn, West Lothian

More people should be working from home via internet broadband
Nick, London, UK
Technology has an answer to help reduce the number of miles we all travel. More people should be working from home via internet broadband which allows many people to carry on their desk job as if in the office. Think of all the commuter miles saved if all the office workers worked from home. Not to mention the real-estate costs saved by their employers!
Nick, London, UK

I drive over 100 miles a day to do my job. But this week I had to use public transport which equally cost just as much and even longer to get to work. So even if I cut down on using my car it still cost me as much and a longer day. What are you supposed to do?
Jay, Bradford

Prices are too high in the UK, why does the UK have one of the highest prices in Europe? It can't be to force people to use public transports. They are unreliable, expensive and dangerous. I drive to work since it is cheaper even considering all the other expenses a car brings me, and I am sure what time I'll be at work, or what time I'll go back home. As soon as public transport is transformed into a public service, not just a very profitable business, I'll be the first one to leave my car in the garage and take the train to work!
Manuel Gomes, South Croydon, Surrey

All this talk of "the price isn't high enough, because there are still people in 5 litre 4x4s" totally misses the point. Those people are the richest who will be driving their gas-guzzlers no matter how high the cost. For them it's the conspicuous consumption they want. Meanwhile, it's the little guys who are feeling the oppressive prices. They are the ones who are priced out of the market first. Having said this though, despite the obscene cost of fuel in this country, motoring is still cheaper than the obscene cost of public transport. Not to mention the reliability and convenience problems. Taxes only ever go one way. Up! Its just a matter of when.
Simon C, Leeds

Let's face it; moaning about people using cars is futile. Oil is essential to everyone in the country and most of the world, but the prices are silly in the UK. Maybe the government could do something useful with the tax, like making purchases of those expensive hybrid cars VAT free.
Geoff Pedder, London

It's only a matter of time before we get a repeat of the fuel crisis we faced only a few years ago. It was only for over a week but the infrastructure of the UK was crippled.
James, Harrow

Petrol prices are not too high, duty is too high. Even when we were paying 70p per litre the duty and VAT received by the Treasury were amongst the highest in the world. The world is demanding more fuel and therefore as a commodity the price will rise. People should think more along the lines of reducing their needs day by day and if everyone did this the price would fall.
Rob Thurston, Bristol

I earn a very modest income yet manage to do without a car and have adjusted my lifestyle to embrace a more environmentally friendly approach in all walks of life. How many of the people complaining about the effects of petrol price rises on their lives can remember the last time they walked anywhere?
Michael, Preston, UK

I commute to work 120 miles a day by car. I will continue to use my car even if fuel prices doubled because I have to earn a living. The alternative is to use the train but this will take me twice as long and cost 75 per week. When are these smug cyclists going to realise that a large number of people have to commute long distances by car just to make a living?
Dave, Staffordshire

Fuel prices are too high but public transport costs are even worse
GP Russell, Peterborough, England
Fuel prices are too high but public transport costs are even worse. As soon as you have a family to move, local or long distance, public transport costs become prohibitive.
GP Russell, Peterborough, England

It's all well and good people saying that petrol must be too cheap if people can afford to drive massive 4x4s etc. There would be people able to afford 10 per litre, but you can't penalise the less well off just to force the gas-guzzlers off the road.
David Stokes, Mansfield, UK

It strikes me, that petrol is actually still far too cheap, judging by how people are still prepared to drive any distance longer than 300yards. I see people driving kids to school, where the school is literally down the road.
Silvio Kalich, London, UK

I would be happy to pay even higher fuel duties if the government would abolish road tax to compensate. This would be a much more realistic approach than the new 'tax per mile' proposals which are going to cost billions to implement and are effectively the same thing.
Chris, Cardiff

No, petrol is not too expensive. Look at the traffic jams at weekends. People always find the money from somewhere. I think the price should go up even more. Maybe some discount could be found for bon fide businesses using large vans and lorries. I think a lot more freight should be forced onto the railways using old branch lines into towns where necessary. The roads cannot take any more.
Michael, Plymouth, UK

Wouldn't it be nice if Gordon Brown introduced a 'variable' petrol tax, which kept the price of fuel at a set rate, and the better or worse the oil markets behave depend on how much tax he receives. We don't pay variance our rates.
Julian Vallis, London, UK

As the cost of oil increases, so too will the cost of renewables
Gareth Doutch, Torquay
As the cost of oil increases, so too will the cost of renewables. Oil is needed to make solar panels, wind turbines and fertilize crops for biofuels. How will you pay to transport yourself to work? Will you even have a job to go to? People have got to research the ramifications of high oil prices a bit more for themselves.
Gareth Doutch, Torquay

I do have a concern about the impact of the increasing oil prices only in as much as what individual countries will do to ensure their supply will be catered for and the consequences if it is not. Other wise I would be happy to see the oil prices rocket because only when the oil prices are so high that it is not economical to produce that the world will start seriously looking into alternative energy sources to drive vehicles and industry. Let us have no doubt, oil will run out at some stage we, the world, needs to look for alternative energy now but until the price of oil is prohibitive nothing will be done.
Bob H, Herts

Everyone bangs on about petrol prices, but seem to forget that heating oil has risen three fold in under 8 years. From 9.8p per litre to over 30p. Not all rural homes have the luxury of gas, or similar cheaper alternatives. Many old people still have oil heating/cookers and could not afford to change to a cheaper alternative due to the sheer cost of the conversion.
g Haines, Norwich, Norfolk

Ok, let's forget about pollution, global warming, etc. Do people actually realise that at the rate we are using oil, there'll be no more left in 20-30 years time? Alternative energy needs to be a main priority not just for our government but the World's governments too.
Chris, London

The world has enough petrol. There will be alternatives to non-renewable resources as well. The greatest reason for the oil price hikes is the profiteering nature of those involved in oil production, refinery and business. Nations with advanced technologies have not tried to make it cheaper. They are monopolizing oil business. One major reason for coalition forces to capture gulf area is the oil business worth billions per month.
Mohan Nepali, Nepal

After refusing pressure to buy a car when I first turned 17 in favour of my trusty bicycle I can safely say that I have saved well over 3,000 in car, tax, insurance and running costs, not to mention I've been getting plenty of exercise and haven't pumped out pollutants into the air. Is getting to work 10 minutes faster really, really worth all that?
S Wilson, Nottingham, England

Why do people want to make it easier for everyone else to travel by car?
Lucy, London, UK
Ultimately, petrol prices ought to reflect the true cost of polluting the atmosphere, which is undoubtedly more than what we pay already. Why do people want to make it easier for everyone else to travel by car? Isn't there enough congestion already?
Lucy, London, UK

Petrol prices are a real concern, but are still cheap. We have used half the world's oil, unfortunately the next half will cost a lot more to extract and supply will not keep up with demand. Petrol prices will continue to rise so we should all start adjusting ourselves to this. What should the government do? Well nothing with petrol tax, but huge investment is needed in the railways and other transport infrastructure. Road and airport expenditure (other than repairs) should be totally stopped, at 3 per litre there will be less cars on the road and less people will be flying. Find a house close to work, close to good local food shops and your preferred schools. Buy a bike.
Steve, Worthing, UK

Prices are skyrocketing in Poland. An average Pole thinks twice before getting into his car. This may cause a situation where only the affluent will be driving their vehicles.
Anna, Wroclaw, Poland

I am in the unfortunate position of having to drive approximately 100 miles a day to and from work (not through choice). Although I am currently being paid expenses for the "privilege", the rate per mile has remained static for years. The train is not a viable option for me, as this could potentially involve four hours a day travelling, instead of the two hours I presently do. Soon I simply won't be able to afford to go to work!
Tess, Redditch

People should be urgently asking themselves why the price of oil has been increasing these last few years. There is now every chance we are close to or at 'peak oil'- ie demand is now outstripping supply and the two will never be in balance again. This has ramifications far beyond the price of petrol.
Andrew Hamilton, London

Clearly people are not really worried by petrol prices as they drive more and more of these SUVs and other large fuel-guzzling cars. I will change my big Volvo for a car using less than half the fuel when the petrol tax goes up to an appropriate level.
Gordon, Devon, UK

It's not a government initiative which is needed for this, it's your own
Helen, Sweden
Here in Sweden if you don't have a bike you're classed as a freak. Everyone is out on theirs in all weathers. Obese and binge-drinking Britain should get up off their backsides and get moving! And it's not a government initiative which is needed for this, it's your own! However, put more tax on petrol and gas-guzzling SUVs and people carriers. Too many school-run-mums still out there showing off their X5s and Range Rovers in the cities.
Helen, Sweden

I was paying nigh on 99p+ per litre of diesel in early 2005 in the Inner Hebrides. The Outer Hebrides are even more expensive. There is no viable alternative to using a private vehicle. The public transport is good but is very infrequent (especially in the winter, in the summer there is more for the tourists). It is cheaper to go to a supermarket and buy a litre of beer or cola than a litre of fuel. Companies should get Bio-Diesel manufactured on a large scale now. I might start making my own, one just needs to keep a record and pay ones fuel duties to HMG !
R Charlesworth, Skye, Scotland

Petrol prices will have to rise a lot more before we are persuaded to give up our dependence on the car. After all, how much would you pay rather than take your chance travelling with anyone on a bus?
Michael, Glasgow, UK

Isn't it better to tax pollution rather than income? Most motorists seem to think that they have every right to pollute the atmosphere without having to pay for it.
Robert, GB

The comments of those complaining that prices are not high enough obviously don't rely on their cars to get to work. Not all of us live in towns or cities with good bus services and underground trains. I work a shift pattern so using public transport is a no no because it does not exist at the times I start and finish work.
Andrew, England

Petrol is expensive but so is public transport. I will happily pay 90p a litre as my daily commute costs 4 by car and over 12 by train.
Marco, London

Fuel tax in the UK is beyond obscene but the government needs the revenue to pay for its mismanagement of the country, the war in Iraq and the spiralling costs of benefits. The motorist is the easiest option.
John Salkeld, Sheffield, England

If the government cuts tax on fuel, they will have less money to spend. What should we cut, less money on the health service or maybe education? How about cutting the security budget? Wake up people, if we want services we have to pay for it. We now have to work fewer hours to buy one litre of petrol than we had to 20 years ago. Its just that we are now so greedy that we expect things for free.
Hugh, Norwich

I think it's about time cars find alternative methods of fuel, like hybrid engines and hydrogen engines. Petrol should be fazed out, it's outdated, polluting ,dirty and expensive.
Graham, Malta

If oil prices stay this high then we must be close to the point where bio fuels make commercial sense (currently they make sense due to favourable taxation, or just tax evasion). If that comes in at a noticeable level then oil prices will drop. Current oil price rises are probably hitting the subsidised bus industries far harder than the heavily taxed private motorist.
Keith Walker, Stafford, UK

Measures should be put into place to curb urban driving
Keith, Oxford, UK
As a non-driver, it's fairly easy for me to say that people should use their cars less and use public transport, walk, cycle, etc. However, I am aware that there are some people who depend on their cars a great deal. Measures should be put into place to curb urban driving, coupled with improving public transport. How about a tax on cars that have a high rate of petrol consumption?
Keith, Oxford, UK

Why are we so dependant on petrol for running our cars when other fuels (bio-fuels such as sugar cane and rapeseed diesel) exist? Surely we can use these instead of using up vast amounts of crude when this could be better conserved for making plastics etc. In this country tax is our biggest problem and this needs to be reduced on fuel (especially bio-fuels). Oil prices are high but the tax we pay is even higher.
Andy K, Berks

Having had to move further from work to find a home we could afford, and now commuting 150 miles round trip per day, seeing the price of petrol go up on a daily basis, then hearing about the oil companies' record breaking multi billion pound profits is getting really sickening. It is getting to the point where I will no longer be earning enough to be able to get to work!
Anon, UK

Fuel prices in this country are set to rise and any excuse for this to happen will be seized on by both producers and manufacturers. The Government will be happy to see this as it also happens to fit their agenda to reduce traffic volumes and maintain their tax revenues.
David Lacey, Cheshire

A reduction in rate of duty would help to stabilise the prices to the motorist
Eric Thomson, Brae Shetland
This morning I paid 99.9p per litre for unleaded. Expensive? Well the price has FALLEN in the past two weeks from 104.9 per litre. If you think 90p is expensive well try living in the more remote areas of Britain where cars are a basic necessity of life. A reduction in rate of duty would help to stabilise the prices to the motorist.
Eric Thomson, Brae Shetland

Increasing the supply is not the answer: it will only make the oil run out sooner. If demand is reduced by eliminating waste etc then prices will fall. Chances of this happening? In a rational world 100%, in this one 0%
Philip Turtle, Stockport, UK

I blame the government for the ridiculously high level of tax UK drivers have to pay on petrol. The USA & China etc. pay a much lower rate than we do. I have looked into using public transport but even with the high oil prices it works out more expensive than driving to work. That said, if the prices keep on rising it will simply be too expensive for me to commute to work either by car or public transport.
Rich, Nottingham, UK

Petrol has become too expensive! I remember 20 years ago as a child petrol costing about 30p per litre! I know everything is more expensive nowadays, but it's rising faster than anything else. The rises are affecting everyone, not just the car owners - public and community transport will have to increase prices just to cover petrol costs.
Paula, Wilmslow, Cheshire

The current rate of increase in petrol prices really hits people who are self-employed and whose business relies on getting from a to b. My partner currently clocks up around 500-600 miles a week and the extra cost for petrol really hits him as he can't put his prices up! Of course it also hits people who live in remote areas who have to rely on their own transport to get anywhere.
Sophie, Colchester Essex

Why is petrol so heavily taxed in the UK, it's the highest in Europe?
Alan Knipmeyer, Battle, East Sussex
Living in a rural area it's essential to have transportation, it's a requirement not a luxury. Why is petrol so heavily taxed in the UK, it's the highest in Europe. The Chancellor needs to stop taxing domestic fuel users and start looking at the massive profits big business is making, its totally unfair that the person on the street is lining the pockets of the shareholders yet again.
Alan Knipmeyer, Battle, East Sussex

There is no sensible policy regarding petrol and no sight of one in future. Yes, it's too high, but also, people are using their cars too much and nothing is being done by the US and China to cut its use. It's not the next year or two we need to worry about, it's 10 years time. What sort of unrest is a 2/litre price going to cause? And what can the government, who rely on the revenue, do about it.
Steve, London

When the prices of oil rises, the government make it even worse by using a percentage tax to force the price even higher. Why don't they assist by charging a tax per litre, instead of a percentage. That way, the price of oil doesn't affect the tax that we pay. Surely that is fairer for everyone?
Peter Richardson, Peterlee, Co Durham, UK

Every time the price of a litre goes up the government rake in even more cash. This will inevitably have a knock on effect on the cost of goods so perhaps it is time the duty levels were looked into before Mr Brown's bean counting throws the country into financial ruin.
Disgruntled Motorist, Scotland

Obviously the cost of oil is dictated by the oil producing countries. However, the British tax on fuel is one of the biggest percentages in the world and the UK government could do something to bring down the price for the struggling UK haulage company's and long distance travellers- like myself! (5p a litre)
David Evans, Bristol, England

No. People still use it to make unnecessary journeys. We will only reduce congestion, pollution, global warming, road deaths and injuries when people are forced to drastically reduce travelling time through the high price of fuels. Abolish the Road Fund Licence and increase fuel duty to a point where is starts to hurt.
David, Cornwall, UK

There should be an additional 5 per gallon tax to fund development of alternatives
Charles Smith, London UK
No it is clearly still too cheap given the way that we waste it. In ten years we will be looking back wishing that we had not been so wasteful. There should be an additional 5 per gallon tax to fund development of alternatives.
Charles Smith, London UK

It's about time that motorists accept that they'll have to change their lifestyle. Stop whingeing and get out of your stupid SUVs. Most of you do have a choice.
Griff, Cardiff, Wales

Is petrol too expensive? Judging by the number of cars on our roads I would say it seems to be far too cheap.
Kulu, Basingstoke, UK

No, petrol itself is not too expensive - it is the government's extortionate tax that makes pump prices as high as they are. Personally I don't care how high the prices go as I can reclaim the cost from my employer. In fact the higher they go the better I like it, anything that is likely to price some traffic off the roads can only be a good thing.
Trevor, Cambs, UK

I object paying 90p per litre when I have no choice but to drive to work
Pippa Stone, Derbyshire, UK
I live in Derbyshire and work for the local education authority. 6 years ago I was relocated 25 miles away from my previous base. I now travel over 50 miles a day. There is no train route and only 2 buses per day leaving at times that do not fit around childcare and working hours. I object paying 90p per litre when I have no choice but to drive to work. If the money was used to improve public transport I wouldn't object. I also pay my taxes, car tax and a hefty insurance that covers business use. Why can't the government cap the price? We are being ripped off.!
Pippa Stone, Derbyshire, UK

Can anyone else 'smell' a protest or direct action coming on? Or are we Brits just going to take it lying down? People who get their travel expenses paid for (i.e. politicians) at around 50p per mile really aren't going to care a jot about the normal person who forks out for petrol
Colin Grant, Manchester, UK

I feel sick every time I fill my car up. Problem is I need it. Bring on electric and/or Hybrid cars. Bring on the use of other forms of fuel. If the government actually did what is good for the people and took back some of the power these Oil companies have, we would be years ahead in the race to find newer and cheaper resources.
Sergio, Bristol UK

Petrol prices are at a record high. One wonders whether peak oil is on the near horizon - if that is the case, we can expect $150-$250 a barrel within 2 years. Such a hit to our economic infrastructure, which is socially dependent upon the availability of cheap petroleum, would be very difficult to rectify over the short to medium term.
Mark Seaden, Durham

The prices seem to go up every time I look at the price boards
Ross, UK
While I hope this will encourage the development of cleaner burning fuels, I feel sorry for those who have to budget for every penny that get hit the hardest. The prices seem to go up every time I look at the price boards. If the government keeps being so greedy with the increasing taxes, they'll only have themselves to blame when the next fuel protest happens again.
Ross, UK

All this arguing between the overtaxed masses and the environmentalists is all futile. Within my lifetime the supply of oil will diminish to an unusable level. What happens then, once we have no oil? That is what we should really be concerned about. There are major changes afoot for us all.
Rathers, York, UK

Whilst the oil companies have posted record profits (a cause for concern), this may be because of the record levels of sales they have experienced and perhaps their profit per litre hasn't increased - that data's not hit the headlines! The government has not put up the tax on fuel (or has deferred increases) for just under a year. That means that the 15-20ppl increase so far has been attributed to oil prices: a trend that is set to continue. If you want to cut the tax, which services do you want to compromise (or which other tax do you want to put up)?
Andrew Fennemore, Birmingham, UK

I think that petrol and diesel are far too expensive. What happened to all the outrage last time petrol prices got high? Where are the blockades? The government needs to stop being so greedy over the tax they get from fuel!
Angela, Gravesend, England

Petrol prices can rise as much as they like. Since converting my Pug 205 diesel to run on Biodiesel I am paying 27p a litre.
Jules, Oxfordshire

Oil is a finite resource and we are burning it like it is going out of fashion
Stuart Bell, Edinburgh
Oil is a finite resource and we are burning it like it is going out of fashion. With that rationale it is only reasonable to assume that prices will always continue to rise in the future. Remember it is not just about the car, think about all the plastic based products that we consume which are all derived from oil.
Stuart Bell, Edinburgh

We have grown up wasting energy in all forms. We don't need a 5 litre SUV to take the children to school. Plug-in hybrids with small petrol engines would be capable of 100mpg. Meanwhile lobbyists in the US blocked increases in fuel efficiency in last week's controversial Energy Bill.
Mark Yates, Bracknell

Still too cheap. If people can still afford to choose to drive enormous 2 ton 4x4 gas guzzlers then the price of fuel is far too low.
Stuart Barlow, Edinburgh

The cost of fuel these days in ridiculous. We pay road tax and car insurance and it all adds up and with having nearly to pay 1 per litre it's mad. Why is it when you go to America and Australia the prices are a quarter of the price. I formerly come from Australia and prices there are 90 cent a litre which is equivalent to 32 pence.
Thomas, Sheffield UK

The fuel prices are excessive, because 60% of the price is the government charging tax, why don't they drop there tax income from this and keep the prices stable instead of robbing the poor average man whom cannot really afford this increase?
Chris Channer, Mansfield

The only reason why the cost of petrol is so expensive is because of the amount of tax we pay on it. Australia is paying about 50-60p a litre for fuel, so why are we paying upwards of 90p for the same amount. It's TAX. This country is all tax.
Nick, England

If petrol prices are higher in remote locations to "take account of higher delivery costs" then why is petrol more expensive on the A1 and M1 and other main distribution routes? Petrol in our village is cheaper than on the A1 - explain that one!
M, Sherwood Forest, UK

I was on a business trip to Manila last week - diesel was 27 pence a litre, petrol was 32 - this in a third world country with a fluctuating currency which has to be converted to dollars to buy oil. The price here is all due to tax, it's that simple, and where does the money go? Don't ask!
Harvey, London, UK

Higher petrol costs can only be a good thing for the environment
Rob Banks, Bristol, UK
Higher petrol costs can only be a good thing for the environment. Maybe more of us will question those unnecessary journeys once the price hits 1 a litre.
Rob Banks, Bristol, UK

Most of that extra 7.5million extra per day is going straight into the Treasury as tax. The proportion of the pump price that is tax means that is the Government that sets the price, not the market value of crude oil. The Government could insulate us from these rises by reducing duty instead of running off with a windfall. If I owned a tanker, I'd start a blockade.
Jonathan, Birmingham

The price is going to rise steadily over the coming decades as the supplies run out. We need to be decreasing our dependency on fossil fuels and working toward sustainable energy sources.
Phil, Newport, UK

So, let me get this straight. The cost of fuel has gone up, which means the oil companies have put their prices up. So that's an offset, right? In which case how come all the oil companies have posted record profits? Not just profits but RECORD profits? I'll bet any money that when the price of oil starts to drop, the prices are the last thing to fall.
Paul, Abingdon, Oxon

Roll on higher prices! As soon as the cost of fuel prices us plebs out of our cars then maybe the government may do something to improve public transport - cheap, clean buses and trains as opposed to vastly over priced, expensive cars - ooh, let me think!
Joanne, Manchester, UK


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