Study Shows Majority of British Car Owners Feel Ripped Off By High Fuel Costs

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8th June 2011 18:06 - Automotive

A poll of 2,500 UK drivers by Admiral has shown that 92% of British car owners feel 'ripped off' by current fuel prices.

The 2011 Admiral Survey of Motorists also demonstrated that over half (51%) of those who took part in the study are cutting back on the amount of driving they do because of the rising cost of fuel.

In addition, 64% of UK motorists believe that the exorbitant prices are bumped up by fuel duty and VAT. Those surveyed felt that a fairer amount would actually be less than half the price, at 31%. Currently, fuel duty and VAT in fact account for around 60% of the total price of petrol and diesel.

The study also found that British drivers are taking risky measures to cut the cost of running their car - 17% of those polled said they have ignored a fault or problem with their car to forego the repair costs, 15% have cut back on servicing their car, and 8% said they have ignored problems with their tyres due to the price of replacing them.

These results are seen as worrying when it comes to safety on UK roads.

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