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Petrol and Diesel Car Sales Ban by 2040 in UK – The Facts

petrol diesel car banIn addition to the new tax being brought in for new diesel cars, the government has announced that by 2040 you will no longer be able to buy a new petrol or diesel car. This is in response to the clean air initiative; it is another step in making our air cleaner and our most populated areas less polluted.

At the moment, diesel cars (including taxis) cause the most amount of nitrogen oxide emissions (essentially a polluting and poisoning gas) shortly followed by vans and then HGVs. As it currently stands, in order to combat highly polluted urban areas, cities across the country have charges in place if you cross into a particular ‘zone’. The new strategy is taking an even bigger step forward in order to make our most populated areas healthier.

Over 40,000 deaths a year, in the UK, are due to poor air quality; it has been announced that there are 40 million people living in illegal levels of air pollution. In order to reduce these numbers and reduce pollutant causing deaths, the government has introduced the banning of petrol and diesel cars to their Clean Air strategy.

What does this mean?

This means that local authorities have until 31st July 2018 to have a plan in place in order to tackle the challenge of reducing nitrogen oxide emissions. Part of this is of course, stopping the production of petrol and diesel cars in the UK and prohibiting their sale.

Experts are predicting that by the mid-2020s, there will be a major shift from petrol or diesel cars to electric or hybrid versions. They are predicting that the cost of electric cars will be much more affordable (competing with, if not overtaking, the value of the petrol/diesel counterparts) and thus a switch will be a necessary and progressive step.

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How does it affect cars already sold?

At the moment there is nothing been published or announced which says that anything will happen. It is not being made compulsory to get rid of your diesel or petrol car, however if you live in one of the most polluted areas in the UK, you can expect some charges for driving your vehicle during certain times and along certain roads. At the moment, this is a last resort if their 2040 ban initiative doesn’t lower pollution levels enough.

It seems as though it is really down to local authorities, at the moment, to make decisions about how best to make the air cleaner in their area. Some of the suggestions have been to redesign road layouts, remove speed bumps and traffic lights if needed, all in a bid to reduce traffic and reduce polluting emissions.

Will I still be able to buy petrol or diesel?

There has been nothing stated that suggests petrol and diesel will not be readily available. In any case, it has to be available, as owning a hybrid or electric car is not being made compulsory. Petrol stations may end up having a revamp, perhaps to cater to electric cars too, but again, it is too early to tell and there is officially no word on this aspect of the strategy. However, it has been suggested that over time they will probably slowly demise due to the lack of demand as electric cars become precedent.

Will electric charging still be free?

This is a firm ‘No’. The current ‘free charging’ is an incentive to buy an electric car; once the new initiative is in place, electric charging will be charged—at what rate, we do not know yet.

It is anticipated that most people will charge their vehicle at home or at work, but of course this may not always be possible, especially when considering parking etc. Therefore, there will be charging areas as there are now. As to how they will expand, there is no word as of yet.

Will I be able to sell my petrol or diesel car?

There doesn’t seem to be anything announced that would prohibit this and the strategy is particularly targeting the selling of new cars, not penalising people who already own petrol or diesel vehicles.

At the moment there is no scrappage scheme in place for old diesel or petrol vehicles. However, this may be another incentive announced in the coming months and years in order to entice people to make a shift to cleaner vehicle options.

Is the banning of petrol and diesel vehicles happening anywhere else in Europe?

At the moment, President Emmanuel Macron (President of France) is planning a very similar strategy: it also follows the same time span of ‘by 2040’. Germany have announced comparable plans in order to reduce pollution in their urban areas, thus it seems our neighbours are taking the same steps.

Companies are also following suit; BMW have announced they will have a fully electric running Mini ready for production in 2019 and Volvo have also announced they will have electric car options for 2019 too.

Furthermore, there have been reports that countries across the globe are considering banning petrol and diesel vehicles too. China is considering banning the production and selling of fossil fuel cars in order to tackle major pollution in Beijing.

Diesel cars, pollution and new taxes in 2018 – what you need to know

Car tax bands 2018Following Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s revelation of the 2018 financial budget, there has been a clear focus on ‘Clean Air’ and reducing our CO2 emissions. As a result, some diesel cars will see a tax increase starting in the new financial year if they do not meet the CO2 emissions standards.

It is important to note that this is only a one-off payment for new diesel cars which do not meet the government’s standards of CO2 emissions, known as Real Driving Emissions Step 2. So if you have a diesel van, truck etc. the taxation does not apply.

What do the new diesel car taxes look like?

CO2 emissions are calculated by measuring how much carbon dioxide is produced by a vehicle per kilometre of it being driven. CO2 emissions are measured in grams; thus it is calculated as grams per kilometre (g/km).

The taxation increase starts from 1-50 g/km, resulting in a £15 increase, typically an annual payment of £25. The scale goes all the way up to 191-225 g/km seeing an increase of £500, an annual payment of £1,700.

The tax ranges

A brief overview of 2018 diesel car tax changes:


CO2 Emissions (g/km) Tax increase Total tax
1-50 £15 £25
51-75 £75 £100
76-90 £20 £120
91-100 £20 £140
101-110 £20 £160
111-130 £40 £200
131-150 £300 £500
151-170 £300 £800
171-190 £400 £1200
191-225 £500 £1700


The tax ranges are quite extensive and you may not know how this applies to you or particular vehicles; however, we can examine some examples of cars to see how they might be affected.

Low Tax Band

If you have a new generation clean diesel car, then you could be looking at a very small increase to your car tax. In addition to the new generation diesel cars, for example, a brand new Ford Focus diesel vehicle will average you approximately a £20 more in tax for the first year, due to its relatively low CO2 emissions.

Middle Tax Band

A number of diesel vehicles may fit into this elusive band. For example, a Golf TDI emits approximately 143g/km of CO2; due to that amount of CO2 emissions, a Gold TDI would cost you approximately £500 to tax for the first year.

High Tax Band

Cars which are bigger, potentially SUVs, that are diesel run will likely be the most expensive of cars in terms of the new taxation. For example, a Range Rover Evoque SUV emits approximately 172g/km of CO2. That puts this vehicle in one of the top categories, resulting in a £1200 first year tax payment.

The Legalities

Due to diesel vehicles being promoted and incentivised back in 2001 by the government at the time, some solicitors are saying that it may be unlawful to later penalise the public for purchasing diesel vehicles. The legal stance is that the government knowingly fed the public false information about diesel cars to push a hidden agenda. Therefore, the public have responded and more diesel vehicles are on our roads.

However, it is important to note that despite any kind of government propaganda regarding diesel vehicles, the current government are not penalising people who bought diesel cars in the last 15+ years. They are simply taking action in order to incentivise other car fuels, in a bid to reduce our impact on the planet.

In some ways, a lot of the articles that exist in the media, in response the legal obligations of the government, are slight side-steps to what the current issue and situation is. There may be grounds for legal prosecution of former minsters, however it is not directly linked to the repercussions of the Budget announcement in November. The Budget announcement is focused on moving forward; if the government proceeds to penalise all people who own diesel vehicles, then yes, this is a gross misconduct. However, as it stands there are no plans to change taxes of any vehicles other than new diesel cars from April 2018.

How this affects the price of your diesel car now

It really has no effect on your diesel car now. You will not be penalised unless it is within your first year of owning a new diesel car which does not adhere to the CO2 emission guidelines. If you already own a diesel car, your payments will not be increased and there will be no further increased increments at the present time. This is simply a taxation on new diesel cars, with no current plans to make it apply to older diesel vehicles.

Car Locksmith – Emergency Entry

Being locked out of your vehicle can be a terrifying event. It is also not an easy thing to deal with on your own and you could be in any number of places when you discover you cannot get into your vehicle.

If you do not have a spare key or your spare key is not available, you are probably looking at emergency vehicle entry from a trained professional. Any other alternative, such as trying to get in yourself may be dangerous and will likely cause unnecessary damage to your vehicle.

How can I gain access to my car if I am locked out?

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There are a number of things you could do, however the most efficient and safest solution is to call a car locksmith. If you try to gain access yourself, you could damage a number of things including your central locking system and very likely the body or paintwork of your car. A trained engineer who specialises in emergency vehicle entry is the best option. This way you are assured to maintain the integrity of your vehicle and your locking system.

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Keys locked in the car

Being locked out of your car isn’t as simple as—I’ve lost my car key! Sometimes we do the thing we think we would never do—leave the keys in the car and when we finally remember, the vehicle has automatically locked itself! This can be especially true of newer vehicles, where the key no longer has to be placed into the ignition in order to start the car.

Unfortunately, these sorts of things can often happen when you are away from home. Or to make it even worse, this can happen when you really need to get something out of your car. In this scenario, an emergency vehicle entry locksmith is someone to contact. Check for the company’s location and whether they offer 24hr service. You may not require a typically ‘out of hours’ service, but it is worth checking what the company provides in terms of travel and opening hours.

This way you can gain access to your vehicle and retrieve your keys, no problem.

Broken keys

Broken keys will usually have to be fixed/replaced by the car manufacturer. Obviously these things can take some time and you may need to gain access to your vehicle before that is rectified. In this case, again, a car locksmith would be able to help you get in to your vehicle.

Flat key fob battery

Similar to broken keys, a flat battery will usually have to be replaced by the manufacturer. If this is the only way to gain access to your vehicle, then again a car locksmith would be able to help. Some key fobs also come with keys in order to gain access ‘manually’. In this case, having the fob ‘fixed’ is up to you as the owner. For prices etc. you are best to talk directly to your car manufacturer.

Mobile car locksmiths & emergency entry

Mobile car locksmiths have recently grown in numbers due to the demand for emergency vehicle entry in the UK. Mobile car locksmiths are trained professionals who are there to help you gain access to your vehicle and in most cases retrieve keys which have been locked in your car.

Over the last 5 years there has reportedly been almost a 50% rise in people needing emergency access to their vehicle. A lot of new cars have keys with are specifically programmed for that vehicle, therefore only a specialist car locksmith will be able to help you gain access to your vehicle.

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New UK Speeding fines – All you need to know

The new UK speeding laws come into effect from 24th April 2017, motorists caught speeding from this date on-wards will find themselves facing tougher new laws and regulations. In this blog we tell you all you need to know about these tough new speeding fines.

Speeding Fine Bands

There will be 3 speeding bands which your speeding fine will fall into, depending on how much faster you were going over the actual speed limit. There will be Band A, Band B and Band C.

Band A

As illustrated in our diagram below, these are for the lowest speeds driven above the speed limits, for example Band A applies if you’re going between 31 – 40mph in a 30mph limit. If you’re caught speeding within this band, expect 3 points on your licence and a speeding fine relevant to 50% of your weekly income.

Band B

If yo care caught speeding in band B, for example going 41 – 50mph in a 30mph limit, you can expect to receive a fine relevant to 100% of your weekly income and either 4 – 6 points OR 7 – 28 days disqualification.

Band C

Being caught speeding in Band C will see the most severe fines. If for example you’re doing over 51mph in a 30mph, you can expect to see a fine equivalent to 150% of your weekly income and 6 points OR 7 – 56 days disqualification.

Speeding Fine Limits

There used to be a cap of £1,000 and £2,500 for motorways, there is now just a cap of £2,500 in place with more offenders receiving the higher level of fines.

How Many Speeding Offences Are There?

Speeding offences have increased by a staggering 44% over the past five years according to data gathered by Green Flag. The council in charge of sentencing have decided to increase the penalty depending on the seriousness of the offence to ensure there is a clear fine increase to match.

So How Much Could A Fine Be?

An average salary in the UK (April 2015 national statistics) was £27,600, which means the following speeding fine could be true if you’re caught speeding:

Band A – £132 – £398 (typically 50% of weekly income but can range 25 – 75%)

Band B £398 – £663 (typically 100% of weekly income, but can range 75% – 125%)

Band C £663 – £928 (typically 150% of income, but can range 125 – 175%)

However if you are a first time offender you could be offered the chance to take a speed awareness course to avoid penalty points.

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Frozen door locks – Top tips to defrost them

frozen car door locksSo You’ve gone to get into your car in the morning or when you’re leaving work to drive home and your car door locks are frozen! Don’t panic, here’s some handy tips to get you into your vehicle and on your way!

Unfreezing your car door lock

There are quite a few items which you will probably have handy which can defrost that car lock and gain you entry to your vehicle.

Your Hands

Yes this may be a method that might leave you with a cold finger or thumb for a little while, heating up your hands and placing a thumb or finger on the lock for a short while could defrost the lock enough to gain you entry to your vehicle.

Cigarette Lighter

For those of you who carry a cigarette lighter with them, use this to warm up your car key, being careful not to get it too hot so you can’t hold it or melt the plastic cover. Then slowly push the key into the lock to melt the ice, you may have to do this a few times to defrost the lock and gain entry.

Hand Sanitizer

Yes you may have some hand sanitizer on your person, this contains alcohol and by putting the sanitizer on the lock and key, and then gently wiggling the key into the lock, you can defrost your lock.

Hair Dryer

If you are at home and have an extension cable that will reach to your vehicle with an hair dryer, you can use this to defrost the lock and gain entry.


This is in many a garage, and if you have some in yours, try spraying the lock with this, it should defrost the lock for you, though you may have to spray it a couple of times and wait a little while for it to melt the ice.


Yes it’s an obvious one, but sometimes we can forget when we’re in a rush, your window de-icer, spray it on the lock and wait for it to melt the ice..

Preventing Locks From Freezing

If your vehicle is out in the open, look at investing in a good car cover, so the frost doesn’t get at the locks. You can also purchase graphite powder, which will work on all types of locks to help stop ice from forming when it’s cold, the only drawback is it can be a bit messy.

Remember – Don’t force the lock, this could end up in a broken key in the lock and a costly repair bill!

UK Fuel Prices Brexit & Bremain Predictions

The European Referendum

In the run up to the European Referendum on 23rd June, we will all be asking ourselves what factors will be making us vote either  IN or OUT.  Fuel prices may well not be something that you have considered.

This article covers what has been predicted by both the Brexit and Bremain campaigners regarding how a stay or go vote will affect UK fuel prices.

Bremain – Predictions for Fuel prices following an IN vote

Bremain Fuel Prices

It seems that a large proportion of the motor industry has declared themselves to be in favour of a vote to remain within the EU with the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders) divulging that three quarters of it’s members had stated that they were looking for an ‘IN’ outcome.

There has been numerous claims and predictions threatening a soar in petrol prices should we pull out of the EU, with the AA predicting an increase of up to 19 pence per litre.  These figures are based on a prediction that leaving the EU will inevitably cause a 20% weaker £ alongside OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) already looking to freeze oil output increasing oil prices.

With this in mind, the AA have predicted a cost to the average 2 car UK family of an extra £494 per year, an 18.7% rise in the cost of fuel.

Brexit – Predictions for Fuel prices following an OUT vote

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The Brexit campaign backed by former Mayor of London Boris Johnson would argue that most of the grim predictions made regarding fuel prices by the Bremain campaign are scare mongering.

All of those three quarters of the SMMT who have indicated that they would urge for an ‘IN’ vote are large companies…none of the smaller ones indicated the same.  They say that prices could stay low.

The uncertainty regarding whether we will stay in or out f the EU has already had a dramatic effect on the value of the £.  The £ having fallen to it’s lowest value against the $ since March 2009.

Fuel prices are generally related to the value of oil and oil is traded most often in dollars, therefore sterling value against the euro is less of an issue than it’s value against the dollar.  The bulk of our fuel prices are taxes and fuel duty – making up 70% of the cost of a litre and this will ot change following a Brexit.

Howard Cox ( Founder of Fair Fuel UK) who are foremost n campaigning for lower tax on fuel prices stated that the AA are engaging in ‘ill-informed exaggerations to scare drivers about Brexit’.  He added ‘ Despite the UK already having the most punative fuel duty levels in the EU, any thought that pump prices would rise further if Brexit became a reality is a red herring’.  ‘If the ound does not crash, contrary to the pro-EU doom merchants predicting, and oil remains low due to over production, then it will still be down tp George Osborne how we pay at the pumps’.

The Brexit campaign predicts that the AA’s prediction of an increase of 19p per litre is a worst case scenario and that actual increases could be as low as between 2p and 4p per litre according to an alternative AA and RAC statement.  If the pound were to strengthen then we could even be paying 2p less.

IN or OUT?

It seems that there is a broad argument that fuel prices will increase but that most of the speculations and predictions are based on assumptions that the £ will crash…..If it does crash, it may well only be for a period while it recovers.  It may not crash at all.  Both Brexit and Bremain have compelling arguments.







Contaminated Fuel – How much is too much?

Contaminated Fuel

Contaminated fuel from misfuelling can be a distressing mistake.  It is far more common than you would think and is equally common for both sexes.  Not only can mis-fuelling be embarassing but it causes you both time and money.contaminated fuel

The quantity of time and money, the extent of damage caused to your vehicle and the necessary action required depends on the volume of wrong fuel and the type of fuel which you have mistakenly put in.

Diesel in Petrol

It is much harder to put diesel in petrol than petrol in diesel because the fuel nozel for diesel tends to be much larger than it’s counterpart meaning that it often does not fit.  Therefore, this scenario is far less common.

If a diesel in petrol mistake has been made however, starting the car can cause the spark plugs and fuel system to clog up causing misfire and smoking.  Depending on the quantity of diesel in petrol, the vehicle could stop running.

How much Diesel in Petrol is too much?

If you have put 2 litres or less of diesel in petrol ( less than 5% of a completely full tank of fuel) when you realise you have contaminated fuel in your tank, then carry on fuelling with the correct fuel until the tank is full and you should be able to be on your way without calling for assistance and with no damage to your vehicle.

In the unfortunate circumstance that you have more than 5% of a full tank of contaminated fuel, then you should not turn the engine on ( or turn off immediately you realise your mistake) and call a misfuelling recovery service such as Auto Fuel Fix for assistance.  Auto Fuel Fix will completely drain your vehicle, usually on site and give you any advice before getting you on your way again.  They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Petrol in Diesel

Mis-fuelling with petrol in diesel is far easier than the other way around and with an increasing number of diesel cars now on the market, it is a growing mistake.

Petrol in diesel can cause slightly more problems than diesel in petrol depending on how long the car is run for, what type of diesel engine you have and how much wrong fuel you have put in.  Should you start the engine, damage can be caused to the fuel system seals and pumps as it travels along the fuel system.

If you have put petrol in diesel then you should notice smoking when it’s running, if it will start at all and a noisy rattling sound.  If you notice any of these signs then switch off your engine impediately you realise the wrong fuel mistake.

How much petrol in diesel is too much?

Providing that you have put less than 10% of a full tank of petrol in diesel, equating to 5 litres or less, you should be able to get away with filling the tank full with the diesel and your vehicle should be able to burn off any contaminated fuel without the need to call for assistance.

If you have put more than 10% wrong fuel petrol in diesel then unfortunately, starting your engine or carrying on driving could cause much more damage.   You will need to call a mis-fuelling company to drain the wrong fuel from your vehicle and get you on your way.  It is possible that you will need to change fuel filters at a sooner date than usual as they could be affected by your contaminated fuel mistake.    If you have not started your engine, then there should be no damage to your vehicle once the contaminated fuel has been removed as it will not have circulated the fuel system.





Premium Fuels – Worth the extra money?

Most of us have probably looked at the premium fuels nozzle at the fuel pump while filling up and wondered whether we would see any benefit from paying the extra for super fuel…….sometimes up to 30p per litre more.

premium fuels

So what exactly is Premium Fuel?

Premium fuel has a higher octane rating (RON) than their standard fuel counterparts and this increased rating is claimed to make your engine run more efficiently, wasting less energy and with improved performance, lower fuel consumption and protecting your engine too…..

Premium fuels are availabe in both petrol and diesel formats.   The octane rating for standard unleaded fuel is 95, whereas most premium unleaded fuels are 98.

The octane rating is the fuels ability to resist engine knocking….the higher the number, the lower the knock.

Premium diesel is a higher quality of diesel which may have additives claiming to improve performance.

The cost of premium fuels at the pump.

The average price of standard unleaded fuel is currently 108.27p per litre in contrast to the average price of super unleaded being 117.98p per litre.  That is over 9p per litre more.

Diesel drivers will find that the average cost of a litre of standard diesel is 108p and premium diesel 120.76p per litre on average.  That’s a fairly hefty 12.76p per litre more.

Premium Fuel Claims.

  • Improve mileage
  • Improved performance
  • Reduced engine wear & tear
  • Saving money longterm

Improve Mileage?

Premium fuel should burn more efficiently than it’s standard counterpart meaning that less fuel is burned to deliver equal power.  These claims however could be effected by the type of car which you drive and factors such as driving style.

Many users of premium fuels claim that they only notice a small amount of increased fuel efficiency.  Drivers of performace cars will see the most benefit.

Improved Performance?

As a rule, drivers of high performance cars who often drive regularily on long drives and open roads will see the most marked improvement in engine performance.  Drivers with small engines and those who make many short city journeys will see little benefit.

The engines of high performance vehicles operate with higher temperatures and pressures and therefore the premium fuel can increase the amount of horsepower which in turn will show a marked improvement in performance.  These factors are not indicative of regular engines though and hence, these drivers will see much less improvement.

Factors such as driving style will play a larger part than fuel type in engine performance for most drivers.

Reduced Engine Wear & Tear?

Drivers of high performance vehicles again are the ones which will see a marked difference here too.  This is because the claim to reduced engine wear and tear refers to the higher octane fuels reducing engine knock which is most prevalent in performance cars due to their superchargers and turbos.

Engine knock is the term used for unburned fuel igniting in the engine.

Premium fuel can however also contain additives which help in maintaining your engine, keeping it cleaner and working more efficiently for longer.

Saving money longterm?

In essence those drivers of performance cars could well benefit longterm from using premium fuel by increased performance and improved miles per litre.  This of course will show in their pockets.   Drivers of regular cars, small cars and those who do little driving in a week will probably notice hardly any difference at all, especially those who drive older vehicles.

So is it worth buying premium fuel?

The only way to really tell if you will see any improvements in your vehicle or pocket by using premium fuels is to try it out a few times and see.  If you are a driver of a performance vehicle, then you may see a more marked improvement than drivers of regular vehicles.











Fuel Tax Frozen For 6th Year – Update

Tax on Fuel Frozen Again

After all of the pre budget speculation and predictions that the chancellor’s Budget statement 2016 would include an increase in fuel duty, it seems that Mr Osbourne has chosen to give the British motorist another year of frozen fuel duty.  This is the 6th consective year that fuel duty has been frozen in the UK.

Fuel Tax

Mr Osborne’s Budget Statement on Fuel Tax

George Osbornes Budget Statement 2016 on Fuel Tax was that tax on petrol and diesel will remain at 57.95 pence per litre.  The decision comes as a great surprise to both motorists and the financial sector who predicted a rise in fuel tax following the chancellors autumn statement which indicated that a rise would be likely in line with inflation.

“Families paid the cost when oil prices rocketed; they shouldn’t be penalised when oil prices fall.” was one remark from Mr Osborne.  “I know fuel costs still make up a significant part of household budgets and weigh heavily on small firms.”

What is Fuel Tax or Fuel Duty?

As the name suggests, fuel tax or fuel duty is the tax which is put on all hydrocarbon fuels.  Petrol, Diesel, Biodiesel, LPG.  These are all fuels used by motorists.

Why was Fuel Duty Frozen Originally?

Fuel duty was last increased in Jan 2011, rising to 58.95 pence.  At that particular time, petrol and diesel was being sold at a much higher price than it is now £1.25.2 for petrol and £1.29.3 for diesel on average. Todays prices are approx £1.03 on average.   This difference was due to oil prices being approximately twice what it is today.

In the 2011 Budget Statement, the chancellor said that he wanted to “put fuel into the tank of the British Economy” and reduced fuel tax by 1 pence per litre to 57.95 pence and he has frozen it at the level since that date.  Keeping Brits on the road.

Fuel tax was due to raise in line with inflaion thereafter but it has never been implemented.

How much is fuel duty?

Fuel duty accounts for 75% of the cost of fuel.  With oil prices at an all time low, the proportion of tax paid is markedly higher.

Fuel tax is estimated to produce £27 billion for the British Economy in this following year.

What does a continuing fuel tax freeze mean for the motorist?

It is predicted that fuel prices will not remain at the low they are now indefinitely.  It is predicted that oil prices will eventually rise once more and that the cost of this will of course be passed on to the motorist.

The freeze in fuel tax will nonetheless mean a saving for the motorist.  The cost of fuel and motoring continues to be one of the biggest household bills and freezing tax will inevitably keep fuel prices lower than if the fuel tax had risen.




Fuel Duty hike expected UK Budget 2016

Fuel Duty …  2016 budget

fuel duty budget 2016

With the 2016 Budget coming up next week, motorists are speculating as to whether Chancellor George Osborne will be increasing fuel duty in line with inflation…and it is looking likely.

The Facts

  • In Britain, we already pay more fuel duty than any other EU country.
  • Fuel duty amounts to just under 58p per litre of fuel…around 73.4% of the price.
  • Fuel Duty in the UK has been ‘frozen’ for 4, nearly 5 years.

What is being forecast?

George Osborne is being predicted to increase fuel duty in line with inflation within Westminster and the financial sector.  With his pledge to balance Britains budget deficit by 2019 growing closer, and the UK’s recovery slowing down, speculation in Westminster is that “the simplest way to raise cash is to put 2p on petrol. Prices are so low at the moment that people will hardly notice the difference.”

Fuel Prices have been steadily falling for 8 months with petrol and diesel prices both dropping to below £1 per litre last month for the first time since 2009.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Mr Osborne declined to rule out a rise in fuel duty and his aides when questioned decline to comment.  The foundations were already laid in last years Autumn statement by the chancellor.

What this means to the motorist

The cost of motoring it is fair to say, is the largest household expense and a huge cost for businesses alike.  The current trend for lower petrol prices have been a welcome reprieve for everyone.

Quite simply, an increase in fuel duty will mean an increase in fuel prices.  With car insurance costing more each year, which can be attributed in some way to rises in insurance tax last year, and the likelihood that low oil prices and fuel prices will not continue inevitably….. This could all have a huge impact on the motorists pocket and small businesses.  Haulage companies especially, will find any fuel increases a blow.

150 MPs expected to back a bid not to increase fuel duty

There is talk that up to 150 MPs , including some ministers, are backing a campaign to pressure the chancellor not to increase fuel duty in his budget on 16 March 2016.

The campaign by the All-Party Parlimentary Group for Fair Fuel for Motorists, for which MP Jason McCartney is chair is also being backed by the AA who have written to chancellor George Osborne about their concerns.

We can all join the Fair Fuel Campaign and show our support.

2016 Budget

The 2016 Budget will be announced by Chancellor George Osborne on 16 March 2016.








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