Should petrol cost 6.30 a gallon?

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  • Should petrol cost 6.30 a gallon?
  • 2 pints of beer or the ability to move me, four others and 2 tones of metal 42 miles? Seems quite reasonable.

    depends where you are & how much your government taxes it.

    I was in Canada in 2009, the people I was with were complaining about CAD 1.20ish per litre; we were paying GBP 1.20ish at the time, at an exchange rate of about CAD1.70 to the pound

    let’s put it this way, it’s not going to get any cheaper 🙁

    pjm84
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    Difficult one. I would say yes but then I drive an eco car with a puny engine, i.e my buying choice was dictated by the cost of fuel.

    If fuel was cheap then I would have had the bigger engine which consumes more fuel and drive at 80mph rather then 65mph.

    Rockhopper
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    Fuel should be £12 a gallon, then maybe people would think more seriously about finding better ways of getting around (by bike perhaps!!).

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    It’s cheaper than beer, and beer is just basically wheat that’s gone off, it doesn’t need to be buried under the ground for a bazillion years then drilled out and refined. Petrol/diesel is great value for what it does. Not that I want to pay more for it.

    The way we price it/value it is pretty absurd tbh, we charge tax on it and exploration rights and the like but we treat it like the resource itself is completely free.

    thankfully I work from home 4 days a week. Still need a 60+ mile round trip once a week though

    beer is a different beast though. raw materials are grown and the methods for converting them into the finished product are a damn sight cheaper than refining crude oil

    Premier Icon boxelder
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    It’s of more practical benefit than gold or Versace fabric……….
    Wait ’til we have to pay for fresh water by the £

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Given the rate that folk seem to want to use it up I’d say it’s nowhere near expensive enough yet. If drivers were prepared to slow down a bit (like stay within the speed limit) then they’d use a lot less.

    No, it should be 42p a litre.


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    Seems steep.

    Ambrose
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    I remember it at 44p per gallon!

    timc
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    Rockhopper – Member
    Fuel should be £12 a gallon, then maybe people would think more seriously about finding better ways of getting around (by bike perhaps!!).

    what a stupid dream world you must live in…

    Premier Icon jamj1974
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    It is easy as cyclists to take the moral and environmental high ground regarding motoring and cost of fuel. It is also mistaken…

    As a society we choose to believe that people prefer to drive rather than travel by other means and that pricing fuel higher will change behaviours. Fundamentally it won’t. If you want people to drive less, there needs to be a reversal of centralisation and vertical integration in business. This would lead to the situation of previous generations when many could easily walk, cycle or use public transport to speedily and efficiently commute to work – despite the relatively lower cost of fuel. Businesses are no longer seen as organisations to usefully employ labour, provide means for individuals to earn and aid the local economy. Instead businesses are viewed as a straightforward mechanism to turn minimal labour paid at a minimum rare into value for shareholders. Any other benefits are circumstantial, deemed of low value and easily/conveniently discarded.

    If we want to really be champions of the decreased use of cars and hence oil, maybe it is better to support localism, regeneration of local employment opportunities and refuse to buy into the shareholding myths of 20 odd years ago. This will have a much greater effect than choosing individually to cycle to work, drive a lower emission car or blaming people who need to use cars to commute efficiently and effectively.

    chewkw
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    Driving is freedom to go anyway you like.

    The higher the price of fuel the higher the price of everything so cyclist or not you will be paying …

    Technology will improve and will compensate for the increase in price by producing more fuel efficient and environmental friendly vehicles.

    🙄

    Premier Icon jambalaya
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    Fuel tax is one of the primary ways of raising money for the government, approximately 80% of the pump price is tax and duty. The harsh reality is if it wasn’t collected via fuel we’d pay by another means. Fuel costs pretty much the same throughout the wealthier countries in Europe. Yes of course it’s a lot and paid for out of income already taxed but there is no simple solution.

    @Rockhopper if fuel cost £12 a gallon that would devastate the countryside, farming and tourism, it would make a biking trip to Wales, Peak District, Scotland etc look very very pricey – never mind driving to the Alps. Plus think of the increase in the cost of everything in the shops most of which is delivered by road.

    @ambrose I remember it going up to 32p a gallon 🙂

    Premier Icon aracer
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    if fuel cost £12 a gallon that would … make a biking trip to Wales, Peak District, Scotland etc look very very pricey – never mind driving to the Alps.

    There’s a reasonable argument to be made that that’s a good thing.

    DrRSwank
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    Just filled up my rental car in California. $54….. So about £40.

    It’d cost me double back home.

    DrRSwank but how many mpg was your rental car doing? Had this conversation today with my US colleagues, we all drive V8 4.0 litre work trucks that might do 18-20 mpg if we lucky, i explained the UK norm is to drive a 2.0 TD at 40-45 mpg so over the year it’s costs the same in fuel . The UK drivers have simply adapted to the fuel costs and will buy cars that are more economical or change their driving habits – it’s working. I dropped them the idea that the US will soon be doing the same too if their gas prices continue to rise they way they are. They thought I was mad but let’s see

    Premier Icon JoeG
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    $4/gal (USD/US gallon) seems to be a bit of a threshold for a lot of folks over here. When the price gets up that high, the grumbling really gets bad.

    Natural gas fueled vehicles may catch on over here, too. I’ve read that the fuel costs are 1/2 that of gasoline. But refueling infrastructure is one issue that has to be addressed, as is the cost of converting gasoline vehicles. Some fleet users (city buses, local utility companies, and similar) are running parts of their fleet on natural gas and building their own fueling point. And Ford is going to be offering a factory fitted natural gas F-150 pickup soon.

    If gasoline goes up too much and/or natural gas vehicle prices drop, they’ll be an option.

    I can remember gas being $0.49/gal! 😯

    Edit – I do see Americans becoming more aware of fuel efficiency; but I don’t ever see all of us running tiny cars like the Europeans do. The best selling vehicle in the US has been the Ford F-150 full size pickup for the last 24 years…

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    I remember people in the uk saying £1/l was the threshold and no one would pay more than that.

    We are now paying 50% more than that and nothing changed.

    bikebouy
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    Fuel should not be taxed nor VAT’d, therefore about 55p per litre with a limit set at 60p whereby the Govt stump up the difference.

    Seems fair to me.

    As long as there are more car drivers than pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers combined on the roads, motoring is far too cheap.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    an opportunity to post this again 🙂

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcAqR-Hs9II[/video]

    Fuel should be £12 a gallon,

    Fuel should cost however much it costs to refine and deliver it to the pump surely.? If it were £12 a gallon then my camping trips with the nipper would be impossible. The cost of food would rocket like it already has done and I can guaranty my wages will not be rocketing to compensate.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Ah the old lets make fuel very expensive as it’ll be a good thing after all it’s not like the price of fuel effects anything else at all.

    if fuel cost £12 a gallon that would … make a biking trip to Wales, Peak District, Scotland etc look very very pricey – never mind driving to the Alps.

    There’s a reasonable argument to be made that that’s a good thing.

    Yup stop the biggest industry in rural areas, tourism, by driving up the cost then whilst there’s no more coming into area and transport cost have increased watch the prices of goods in rural areas soar, jobs lost and people move out of the area. Great do it straight away.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Over here in Oz it’s $1.60/l (where I am) and people are slowly starting to come around to the idea that 4l v8’s might not be as practical.

    All the old BS about you can fix it with a hammer and a pair of fishnets is great but most of these people never venture very far from civilisation & mobile phone cover. I have seen a tow truck recovering people from the middle of no where just fine.

    Oil is too precious a resource to burn, the things we can make from it are incredible.

    Taxation as a method of behaviour change is useful, but it needs to be done hand in hand with alternatives. The Manchester congestion charge scheme promised a vast investment in public transport prior to introduction but a lazy no vote based on scare tactics and misinformation won out. The love affair with the car is still going strong breaking the habit will be hard.

    Fuel should cost however much it costs to refine and deliver it to the pump surely.

    I dont think so. I think the tax should help pay for all of the costs of motoring. The pollution alone costs us billions- twice as much as obesity which everyone always loves to go on about.

    Seems pretty cheap to me. People still make most journeys of only a few miles by car when they could walk or ride.

    The pollution alone costs us billions

    Really.?

    It’s cheaper than bottled mineral water bought from the petrol station.

    No.

    Edukator
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    Ah the old lets make fuel very expensive as it’ll be a good thing after all it’s not like the price of fuel effects anything else at all.

    Agreed, it helps people make choices that are good for society and themselves. If petrol is more expensive then more people will use public transport, more people will use bicycles, more people will walk. When petrol first topped 1.5e per litre in France consumption fell by 10% and the number of bicycles in use jumped up. Unfortunately the effect was only temporary as consumers got used the price and fell back into their bad old ways.

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    Edukator you really are a #1 sometimes, what about those of us who live in the countryside away from any public transport or rail links?, a car is a total necessity where i live and buying petrol on minimum wage at current prices is crippling.

    Edukator
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    So a higher fuel price will encourage you to live nearer to your place of work, Somafunk.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    @Rockhopper if fuel cost £12 a gallon that would devastate the countryside, farming and tourism,

    Farming uses duty free fuel, so would be OK if most of the £12 was duty…

    bikebouy
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    Edukator you seem to have no concept of social freedom.

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    Sorry, as i have mentioned previously on here i don’t argue or try to convince others of my point of view – get back inside your chateau before i tell the socialists to breach your high n’ mighty walls and drag you outside for a personality and perspective realignment.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    So a higher fuel price will encourage you to live nearer to your place of work, Somafunk.

    On this I have to agree, the current way we organise our lives in the UK is pretty insane. E.g. I live in Cambridge where something like 20% of residents actually work in London, so spend 2+ hours each day commuting 60 miles each way by train to London. On the Cambridge Science Park (3000 + employees) about 80% of employees live elsewhere and spend ages stuck on the A14 every morning and night trying to get to work.

    Everyone would have a much nicer life is they just lived near where they worked…

    Edukator
    Member

    I live in a place with a socialist president, socialist government, socialist council and socialist mayor. These people are allied with the greens and their policy is exactly what I’ve typed (not that I vote for them). I can’t see them breaching my walls other than to congratulate me on my nationalistic choice of frugal vehicle, living within a 9-minute walk of where Madame works and having a humble but energy positive dwelling.

    piemonster
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    Everyone would have a much nicer life is they just lived near where they worked…

    I spent ten years living 1.2miles down a quiet country lane from work, and it was absolutely brilliant. I could nip home for lunch on my push bike. Quite often just walked it, full moons where genuinely lovely experiences. (Late finishes involved)

    Currently a bit stumped however. There is a solution but it requires some certainty with the girlfriends job. Which there isn’t. Net result is approx 35k per year in mileage. Which sucks salty donkeys balls.

    I actually managed to avoid car ownership until 2008, efficient cars do help. At least the wallet, I pay pretty much the same per mile in fuel as I did in 2008. Don’t see that lasting much longer though.

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    Ok, I live in Dumfries And Galloway, earn 50p more than minimum wage for one job (chocolatier), it’s local and 5 miles from my house – i work there 3 days/week.

    I also work in a mates bike shop 3 days/week, very small shop – only two of us in there, struggling to get by in a sparsely populated and regionally lowest wage rates in the country but we are ticking over and i take minimum wage from this, i realise i should be on more but i want the shop to continue to trade – a 10 mile there n’ back journey each day.

    On a sunday i usually help out at a mates farm, 30 miles away.

    And don’t say i could cycle into work, i do sometimes but it’s not always practical due to health reasons i’m not about to go into, i’d be financially far better off not working and going back on disability but i’m not – what irks me is folk saying move closer to work etc..etc, some folk are paid very poorly, have no savings to speak of, live in rented accommodation and live from week to week/month to month (moi?) so think about how others may live before purging the contents of your bile duct on the forum.

    Pfft…i’m away to drive to work….with a bit of careful driving i can get my 30yr old Golf to do 34mpg…woohoo!, or if i decide to boot it i get 18mpg….hmm?…… how do i feel t’day? 😉

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