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1000% a day isn't it?

Anyway, the answer to your question alan is that the more expensive fuel gets the better off you are on a company car with fuel system. The issue is that fuel costs are rising so fast that the figures company use are out of date with weeks. So your reclaim amount is actually getting worse in real terms. I claim back 14p mile at present. That was 11p a year or 2 ago.

With a company car and fuel paid for the price increases happily pass you by. If you are on this system the govt only look at "Taxable" value once a year.

Also look at reclaim rates. If you opt out you get 40p a mile for the first 10,000 then 25p thereafter. This figure has been the same for 2 years....no increase at all.

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I just came back from a road trip to visit a university campus for my daugther. It was a 1K round trip that cost us $180. With record prices in our area ($3.50 USD/gal) we wil have to drive less this summer unless the proposed suspension of fuel tax for the summer travel season goes through to help our economy. I know our prices may seem low we are just not used to high prices like you from the UK. We also do not make as much as people in the UK for the same job/profession so we have to take that in to context.

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I opted out in 02 and the 40/25p rate has not changed. Also each year the taxman looks closer and closer at my mileage claim and has disputed some of my figures from 06/07 this is despite submitting business mileage logs and pages from my online diary to back it up. If you have an opt out car with a company fuel card like I do then you pay tax on all the fuel you use in a year then claim back the biz mileage .

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You've got to feel sorry for our oil producers. They've just announced their profits for the past three months.

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I thought it was expensive down here. I managed to fill up after queueing at the cheapest place I could find (Tesco) at 119 litre. I got to Bham after a long trip via Bucks and refilled at 127 litre....What the hell?

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Ahhh - Tesco...

Every little helps. :lol:

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Out of curiosity what is the average mileage people in the UK drive in a week?

The reason I ask is that I grew up in Hawaii but have grown used to living in North America. While the fuel is way more expensive in Hawaii than where I live. My sister who still lives in Hawaii ends up paying about the same as I do for commuting as she drives a lot less miles than I do since she is pretty much restricted as she lives on an island. The same must be true if one lives in the UK. I have a daily commute of 60 miles a day round trip @ 70 mph to and from work from the suburbs. I suppose it costs me about $8-$10 a day for fuel.

FYI It appears that the fuel increases are very traumatic for us as opposed to others.

http://money.cnn.com/2008/05/01/news/inter...dex.htm?cnn=yes

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Out of curiosity what is the average mileage people in the UK drive in a week?

FYI It appears that the fuel increases are very traumatic for us as opposed to others.

http://money.cnn.com/2008/05/01/news/inter...dex.htm?cnn=yes

I seem to remember the average mileage in the UK is 12,000 year or 230/week.

The point about the fuel price rises being more traumatic in the US is very true, if oil doubles then your pump prices pretty much double. For us the majority of what we pay is a fixed tax so the % increase is much smaller, on the other hand the actual increase in

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Prices are higher than ever.

Just filled Esprit 69 litres, 102 Euros, so 1,48 Euros / litre. Not happy with this.

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I seem to remember the average mileage in the UK is 12,000 year or 230/week.

Alan

I usually drive at about double that on the daily driver. My round trip commute to work is 60 round trip. While many in UK pay over $8/gal I drive almost twice the distance although I suspect I drive at faster speeds due to the lack of congestion so I might be getting better mileage due to not sitting in traffic. Our prices do flucuate a lot with many times prices jumping up and down daily. Many stations now have electronic reader boards that change posted prices instantly sometimes while fueling up. Our price sare quite volitile as fed tax is $.18/gal with state tax about $.30 out of $3.50/gal. we pay.

Road tax must be similar to our vehicle registration which goes opposite of yours. We play less as the cars age and they assume lose value. My old 90 SE used to cost only $40/yr and my 2004 Toyota Van was over $150. My 94 Escort with 206K miles miles cost $40 the same as the Esprit due to the max age so at the lowest rate. The next state over has its own way and that is to tax via vehicle weight which is the same way Hawaii figures it. As the heavier vehicle do more dmage to roads than a lighter one. Many cars only cost $40-60 no matter how new. In either case we do not have restrictions on the size of motor and emissions do not play a part of the cost of car registration fees.

I am at a loss of how the people of the UK allowed the goverment to run wild. Do they not fear not being re-elected if they upset the voters? You people have much calmness and can take a lot, we are not as tolerant as the Brit's.

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Spoke to my father yesterday who's on holiday somewhere in Cornwall at the mo. He'd just payed 1.29 for Diesel. Seems like its going up about a penny a day recently.

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no still going up every other day it seems

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Prices in the upper midwest USA are not only influenced by the oil prices but by the conversion or retool time as the refineries switch from winter to summer blend. During the retool time the prices spike up and then settle down for a bit before the end of May holiday and driving season. I think the refinery production affects us more as they can only produce a certain amount of fuel.

As a side note I have been told that wheat and flour prices are getting set to spike up as a lot of farmers around here are switching to corn because of record prices for ethanol production. Around here we have not seen large food price increases as reported around the world due to most of the food in the USA comes from our area so I suppose our food price increases are a bit more resistant to large increases but they say it is a matter of time.

Our economy sure needs some help. With the current exchange rates all the Europeans should come over here for holidays.

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I wish I had enough money to buy a Tesla (electric Elise clone). They started rolling off the assembly line. Something like 200+ miles on a 3 hr charge with 4 sec 0-60.

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Fuel has spiked up in our area over night by 15-20 cents/gal just ahead of mother's day weekend when everyone goes to visit Mom. It will probably settle back down after the travel weekend. I'm tryimg to figure out if our prices are linked to each other other than cost of the barrel of oil? Does the UK celebrate mother's day this weekend? If so how does it affect petrol prices?

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Hi,

Filled up my Smart today and as I usually fill both car only once a month, which will normally last me the whole month for normal commuting, I couldn't believe it again that the price had gone up! This is the third month in a row that I've noticed it's increased, unleaded was

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Ok is it me or are the individual petrol outlets now monopolising an already overpriced market?

I filled up last week at the Texaco on the East Meon Crossroads (A272) Hampshire last week and remember thinking at the time wow

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The chances of our beloved leader listening are pretty remote but there are two petitions on the 10 Downing Street Web site

Unfair backdating of car tax (Up from

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