Drivers cut short journeys by 165 miles to beat fuel costs

Drivers cut short journeys by 165 miles to beat fuel costs

The average British car driver travelled 165 miles fewer in 2011 than in the previous year because of rising petrol prices.

According to findings by petrol station trade body RMI Petrol and Experian Catalist, total fuel consumption by road transport in the UK declined 3pc in 2011 to 33.5bn litres.

This is the equivalent of 30 litres less for each of Britain's 34m vehicles, enough fuel for a 165-mile journey.

The figures are included in a new letter from the chairman of RMI Petrol to the Chancellor, and seen by The Daily Telegraph, calling for fuel taxation to be "reconsidered and reformed".

Brian Madderson said fuel duty was a "deeply flawed" tax on consumption that "unfairly penalises" working families, low income earners, rural communities and businesses.

"It must be time for change and new thinking on fuel tax to provide a much-needed boost to our society and to the economy,"


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