Motorists still worried about fuel prices, says survey

28th June 2012

Despite chancellor George Osborne's decision to delay the increase in fuel duty, new research has shown that motorists remain concerned at the cost of petrol.

The findings come as part of a new study, produced by British Car Auctions (BCA), which found that 60 per cent of respondents cited the cost of fuel as their biggest motoring concern.

According to the figures, which come from research conducted over the course of May and June, a large number of motorists are also changing their driving behaviour to cut costs.

The data showed that 63 per cent of drivers had cut back on car use due to the increased cost of petrol, with 45 per cent choosing to walk more as a result of the rising expense and 33 per cent opting to use more public transport.

"Our research shows that the cost of fuel remains the top priority for motorists, with many changing the way they drive to maximise their fuel efficiency," BCA spokesman Tim Naylor said.

"With this in mind, the postponement of the fuel duty increase combined with a general reduction in fuel prices in recent weeks will come as a relief to many motorists."

Despite the car use cutbacks, the research did show that 65 per cent of drivers still fill up the tank when they go to the petrol station.

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