We look at how much tax makes up the cost of a litre of fuel in the UK - and how this compares to other countries.
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When you fill up at the local petrol station, do you think you’re paying directly for the petrol and retailer profits? Think again. Government-imposed fuel taxes actually make up a huge portion of the price at the station.—and Brits have it particularly bad.
One might assume the price we pay for petrol is thanks to huge refiner and retailer profit margins, but that’s not necessarily the case. A breakdown of the cost per litre shows Brits pay most of that money on taxes.
Assuming 132.9p Per Litre of Petrol
Assuming 137.9p Per Litre of Diesel
*According to PetrolPrices.com as at 14 May, 2012.
Motorists in the UK pay the greatest share of taxes in fuel price. Nearly 60 percent of the price at the corner station is taxes. Compare that to Cyprus, where just 41 percent of the price of a litre is taxes.
* Figures represent the total taxation share in end consumer price of Euro-Super 95 and diesel oil as at 23 April, 2012.
Outside of Europe, fuel taxes vary even more. According to OECD data, in 2010 motorists in the U.S. paid 8p per litre in fuel taxes, compared to motorists in the UK, who were paying more than 8 times that amount.
Fuel Taxes Added By Country (£/Litre Petrol)
* Figures represent 2010 most recent data from OECD as at 18 April, 2011.
SOURCES: OECD/EEE, PETROLPRICES.COM, EUROPEAN COMMISSION OIL BULLETIN
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5:25 PM on 21/05/2012
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You should check the % facts. Look at the US price, lowest at .8%. )Or 80p /litre when in fact its 8p/l or 0.08%. I sincerely hope the rest of you advise is more correctly checked.
7:33 PM on 21/05/2012
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"Elsewhere in the World" — for the US do you mean £0.8 (which is £0.80, meaning it would be the highest) or £0.08?
4:34 AM on 22/05/2012
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It can be a bit confusing to follow but,...........@nrh - You're making out the article isn't correct due to it saying 0.8% and it should be 8p/l. But if you look at the final graph with the US as the lowest, it does in fact state, 8p/litre ..... exactly what you're arguing for all along. :-p
8:00 AM on 22/05/2012
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No mention of the external costs of motoring, which by definition, are not charged to motorists and which are shared by the wider population. Which means that the wider population SUBSIDISE motorists. Motoring is therefore too cheap, which encourages needless and unnecessary motoring, imposing yet additional costs on the wider population.External costs include:Diseases of physical inactivity (these caused by lack of physical exercise while travelling and by a hostile road environment discouraging walking and cycling by those that wish to).Diseases of inactivity include: obesity; diabetes type 2; cardiovascular disease; Stroke; some cancers; some depression; some macular degeneration [threatens eyesight]; osteoporosis.These diseases are chronic, often incurable and cost £billions.Then there's noise, air-pollution, which kill thousands each year – many more than the road deaths.Many journeys are easily easily walked or cycled, but most people choose to drive, they do not realise that they are shortening their own lives and the lives of others with every additional mile they drive.This is a complex subject not amenable to a minute comment.More detail here: ipayroadtax.com/Diseases of inactivity: is.gd/Zi9RLL
9:04 AM on 22/05/2012
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Confused.com !! I am !Your top graph shows UK pay 65p. the middle graph shows 57.95p "Duty" and 22.15p "VAT" which totals 80.05P......... so what do the goverment take off of us per ltr.Confused.com !...........I am !
12:39 PM on 22/05/2012
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Hi all,I think we should mention that the '£0.8' figure was incorrect and it's now been amended.As for Ferret's comment, it's because the two sections are based on different sources. The first section is based on OECD data from 2010 (so we can compare all countries), but the second section is based on current petrol price data from this month (May 2012). So yes, we're paying even more tax on fuel now than in 2010!Sorry for the confusion!
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