A new study released by used car shopping service ChooseMyCar has found that more than 90% of drivers believe the Chancellor’s fuel tax cut has had no impact on their fuel bill. In response to soaring fuel prices, Mr Sunak announced a fuel tax cut of 5p a litre. But British motorists found the move did little to help them, with ChooseMyCar commercial director Ben Maguire telling Express.co.uk the move appeared to be more aimed at grabbing headlines. newspapers than actually helping people.
Mr Maguire said: “The average tank size in the UK is 50 litres. To the right. Over the past 12 months the cost of filling an average tank has increased by around £26.
“So when Rishi puts a fivep per liter deduction on that, it’s about £2.50 off.
“We’re still down over £20 per tank.”
Of the 2,000 respondents to the new study, 92% of people aged 34-54 said the change had no impact on their bills.
Geography also played a role in the impact of the fuel tax cut, with 97% of drivers in Northern Ireland reporting no positive impact.
Belfast and Newcastle recorded similar figures of 95%, while Leeds, Cardiff and Bristol were not far behind at 93%.
Nottingham and Brighton are the cities that have seen the biggest positive impact on fuel prices, with 85% and 86% lower respectively saying their costs were unaffected by the change.
ChooseMyCar founder Nick Zapolski said: “Now is the time to do more to protect people from inflated costs and shortages over the coming months.”
Looking at the spending of an average UK motorist over a year, Mr Maguire explained in figures how little impact fuel tax cuts had.
He said: “Let’s look at your average Nissan Qashqai driver. The 55 liter tank cost £66 to fill. It now costs around £91.
“The average British driver drives about eight thousand five hundred kilometers a year. So to fill that tank for a year will cost you £400 more than last year.
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“So the motorist is out of pocket, not the government.
“I know there are other areas where the government is losing money. But they could have done more here.
He then called for more support for electric vehicles to circumvent spiraling fuel costs, such as making them cheaper for first-time buyers or providing better support networks in rural areas with charging stations. .
Mr Maguire added that one way for motorists to mitigate the effects of soaring fuel prices is to ensure they look for cheaper deals, rather than always driving to the nearest petrol station .
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This notice was published: 2022-04-24 10:00:00