Fuel costs are a concern

Time 12:10 pm, June 28, 2012

MOTORISTS’ biggest concern is still the cost of fuel new research from auction vehicle company BCA has found.

Following this week’s announcement by Chancellor George Osborne to further delay the 3p increase in fuel duty, research from BCA highlights motorists continued worries about the cost of fuel.

More than 60 per cent of respondents to the BCA research cited the cost of fuel as their biggest motoring concern.

The BCA data, based on research conducted at the end of May and early June, also reveals that motorists have been changing their driving behaviour to try to combat rising motoring costs.

‘Our research shows that the cost of fuel remains the top priority for motorists, with many changing the way they drive to maximise their fuel efficiency,’ said BCA spokesman Tim Naylor. ‘With this in mind, the postponement of the fuel duty increase combined with a general reduction in fuel prices in recent weeks will come as a relief to many motorists.’

Data from the BCA research reveals that 63 per cent of motorists said they have cut back on car usage in the past year due to the increased cost of fuel with nearly 45 per cent opting to walk more as a consequence.

Using more public transport was the second most popular alternative to save on fuel costs at 33 per cent, with London drivers topping the table for using public transport at 50 per cent.

However, despite 63 per cent of respondents from the across the country saying they are limiting their car usage in the face of rising fuel prices, nearly 65 per cent still fill up the tank when they go to the petrol station.


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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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