There is no doubt that campervan enthusiasts and motorhome owners are feeling the economic pressures of motoring in the UK, and according to Government figures released earlier this week they are cutting back on journeys in an attempt to save money.
A press release by the Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals that motorists in the UK reduced their fuel consumption between April and June 2012 by an incredible half a billion litres compared to the same period in 2011. It is an astonishing figure and all the more remarkable because the period involved saw prices drop back from record highs earlier in the year.
There is no doubt that, in common with mobile home owners who are struggling to find cheap campervan insurance and affordable fuel, car owners in the UK have nullified the Governments increases in fuel tax by simply buying less petrol and diesel. It has created a situation where neither Government nor motorist has benefited from the policy, and although environmentalists will be delighted that less carbon has gone into the atmosphere, motoring organisations are less than happy about the situation.
Edmund King, President of the AA, wasn’t surprised at the drop in revenue and commented “A 10.6 percent fall in petrol sales this past quarter is a huge drop. While we welcome the fact that new cars have become more fuel-efficient, this goes nowhere near to accounting for the crash in demand over the past three months, and the past five years. Price transparency is the way forward: to ensure and show drivers that they are getting a fair deal at the pump.”
In fact investigation into Mr King’s referral to the last five years shows even more interesting comparisons. For instance in the first six months of 2008 UK motorists bought 2 billion more litres of fuel than they did in the first six months of 2012. It is a colossal drop in usage and demonstrates why motorists are being taxed so much at present and begs the question of how the Government will address the problem in the future.