Petrol pump sales decrease over five years, says AA

 
Car being filled up at a petrol station The AA said more people were driving diesel or smaller petrol vehicles

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Forecourt sales of petrol have plunged by more than 20% in five years, the AA has said.

The motoring organisation said official government figures showed 17 billion litres were sold last year compared to 22 billion in 2007.

The AA said rising prices and greater use of smaller and diesel vehicles had contributed to the fall in consumption.

Combined with an increase in the sale of diesel, total vehicle fuel sales fell by 9% over the past five years.

The AA said the decrease was the equivalent of 35 days of business being lost since the start of the economic crisis.

Diesel sales increased from 14 billion litres in 2007 to 16 billion litres in 2012.

More recently, petrol sales decreased from 18.27 billion litres in 2011 to 17.42 billion litres last year.

'Huge toll'

Petrol Retailers Association chairman Brian Madderson said: "It's amazing to think that just four years ago, in spring 2009, petrol was £1 a litre. For £20 you could get 20 litres. Today when you spend £20 at the forecourt you get less than 15 litres.

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"In 2000, 10% of new cars were diesel. Last year, over 50% of new cars were diesel and with that kind of change, and motorists cutting back on discretionary spending we do see right across the UK petrol sales in steep decline."

AA president Edmund King said: "Greater take-up of diesel cars and smaller petrol vehicles has contributed to this overall decline in UK fuel sales over the long term.

"However, soaring pump prices have taken a huge toll on petrol sales more recently - during the 10p-a-litre price surges last March and October, pump sales of petrol fell by up to 5%."

"The trouble is that, with global economic recovery, the stock market will predict greater oil and fuel demand and push up commodity values accordingly.

He added: "Drivers' fuel consumption and retail survivability are already precarious. What will happen when the speculators pump themselves up with bullish sentiment and send prices soaring yet again?"

The AA highlighted figures produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

 

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    Comment number 671.

    The illegal fuel industry is now a multi billion pound a year business. I use red diesel myself as do 23% of drivers, of diesel cars. It is a direct result of gross taxation rates on fuel. Forecourt sales down 20% ? I can assure you that figure will rise, as more and more people use illicit fuel. The Treasury has killed the golden goose and thats great, they had it coming!

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    Comment number 670.

    This is about pricing people off the roads - I'm happy for the minority for whom a car is either not necessary or affordable no matter what the expense, but for most folks that isn't the situation. For those of you in the second category: your dreams of clearer roads uncluttered by the less well off is that little bit closer. Oh and Dave? Society isn't broken its divided - there's a difference.

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    Comment number 669.

    @668.temporarily out of order

    We'll start to shiver and walk everywhere for a very long time ... !!!

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    Comment number 668.

    Remind me, what comes after "peak oil"? When world demand outstrips production. The big question remains how will the UK and Europe be able to pay the going world rate for resources, in competition with the likes of China, India etc, when we have exported all the jobs?

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    Comment number 667.

    The biggest two single factors maintaining the current paradigm, which is, in effect, strangulating the human race, are; money (how many even know what it is) and oil.
    Our current paradigm accepts very few getting astonishingly rich (ergo more 'powerful') while millions can't feed themselves.
    This power comes from compliance & ignorance.
    Educate yourself & stop complying.
    Evil must be stopped.

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    Comment number 666.

    @664.Chris Lenton

    Nuclear power in its current formulation is not the answer.

    Managing our numbers is a start .....

  • Comment number 665.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 664.

    Petrol and the utilities I am afraid are no controlled by monopolies they are big enough to control the market because they work together. None of them are engaged in a price war. Its time we moved from a hydrocarbon based economy to one based on nuclear power learn from the sun! But of course this would not suit the oil companies who will try and milk the last cent out of us until the last drop!

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    Comment number 663.

    great news, i had already noticed air quality improvement as well as noise reduced in and around city. price of 2nd hand bicycles has risen though.

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    Comment number 662.

    People do not understand that even if you do not use a car, the fuel price effects everyone. Some of the comments on here make me laugh! I ride a bike so it does not effect me, what rubbish, next time you go food shopping and wonder why the price of eggs, milk and meat have gone up again, remember its due to the fuel prices that the supermarket has to pay for there trucks. The costs effect us all!

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    Comment number 661.

    I have been forced to use red diesel because of the outrageous cost of fuel in this country, I will continue to do so, otherwise I would be forced off the road.

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    Comment number 660.

    Surely the drop in petrol sales is due to all those rich pensioners we keep hearing about: abandoning their mercs and jags and bentleys to go riding about all day on public transport using their FREE bus passes. Can hardly get a seat these days because of all the tiara wearing ladies and top hatted gentlemen.

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    Comment number 659.

    #653 - Bradford
    "only a fraction of fuel duty is spent on roads"

    If you look at the total cost, including deaths from accidents and pollution, the costs are much higher than the money raised through both duty and the road fund licence.

    3,000 people die each year, in London alone, from the effects of vehicle pollution. That's as many as died on 9/11.

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    Comment number 658.

    I'm amazed that the report hasn't picked up the rather obvious point that fuel consumption , even for cars of equivalent engine size and type, has improved hugely in recent years. I'd reckon that anyone who has changed a car, like for like, in the last five years has seen a 15%-20% improvement in MPG.

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    Comment number 657.

    Tax and fairly sketchy economic conditions coupled with rising living costs are the reason that people are using less petrol.

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    Comment number 656.

    So when we've all sold our cars and are using the train and cycling as some people think is feasible, how do we get stuff to the tip, get the shopping home, pick up the kids from their grandparents, oh yea...and get to ANYWHERE that isn't served by public transport? Not realistic is it? Personal transportation is a necessity and is why we'll continue to be held to ransom by those that 'serve us'.

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    Comment number 655.

    As a family we now have only one car. A 12 year old Toyota.

    According to the BBC we're established middle class - so how do other families afford to run more than one, often much more expensive cars?

    Vote with your feet people - it's the only way.

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    Comment number 654.

    The price is the main turn off - and a criminal amount of that is duty. If it makes you feel any better probably quite a lot of the fuel duty you pay goes into the NHS - which remember gets £110bn funding per year - which works out at £5.2K p/a for every household; so probably a lot of fuel duty goes to make up that number. Strange way to do things though - and very ineffcient.

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    Comment number 653.

    Isn't this what repeated governments wanted

    Now we have huge revenues raised from excise duty only a fraction of which is spent on new & existing roads.

    And there is no effective alternative for many

    Perverse for a modern economy which relies upon getting around.

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    Comment number 652.

    Scrap fuel duty, especially the escalator.
    A more interesting HYS might be about why Ed Balls didn't get points on his licence in 2010. The story of his cheque being returned and his licence "lost" is highly suspicious. Labour were still in government then (just) so this needs to be looked into to see just exactly how this happens to a member of the government and... everybody else is done.

 

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