The RAC is this morning renewing its call for the amount of money generated by fuel duty at each forecourt fill-up to be clearly shown on receipts.
It’s throwing its weight behind the Vehicle Fuel (Publication of Tax Information) Bill being introduced today by Peter Aldous MP.
The changes outlined in the bill, which is promoted by FairFuelUK, would enable motorists to see just how much tax they are paying to the Treasury in both fuel duty and VAT every time they buy fuel.
Even though prices at the pumps are considerably lower than the highs of 142p a litre for unleaded and 147p for diesel in April 2012, the price of fuel continues to be an issue of major concern to motorists.
Research from the RAC’s latest Report on Motoring found that 1 in 4 (24%) motorists still see the price of fuel as a significant concern.
At the beginning of 2016 petrol and diesel were both widely available for under £1 a litre – levels not seen since 2009. Now however, the average price of a litre of unleaded has risen to 120.05p with diesel higher at 122.27p, which means it now costs motorists around £10 more to fill up a typical 55-litre family car with petrol and £12 extra for diesel car drivers.
A motorist buying 55 litres of petrol would pay a total of £66.03 – £23.15 for the fuel, £31.87 in duty and £11 in VAT.
FUEL FOR THOUGHT
|At the current price of 120p for a litre of unleaded, 57.95p is fuel duty and 20p is VAT, making the cost of the fuel itself, including oil company costs and retailer margin, just 42p.
This means the total tax take per fill-up stands at 65%. However, when fuel prices were lower this time last year, the proportion paid in taxation was even greater at around 75%.
Fuel duty currently raises more than £27bn for the Treasury, and with VAT on top of this, the total tax burden on the motorist is closer to £35bn.
RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said, “We have been calling for some time for fuel receipts to show how much of each fill-up goes to the Treasury so we wholeheartedly support the bill being put forward today by Peter Aldous MP.
“Motorists know how much Vehicle Excise Duty they have to pay to keep their vehicle on the road so it seems ridiculous they have no idea how much duty they are paying to the Treasury when they fill their vehicles with fuel. This Bill really shouldn’t be controversial, it is just a long overdue form of transparency that everyone who drives a vehicle ought to be entitled to see.
“We would hope that MPs from all sides of the House will show their support by allowing this Bill to progress and that the Government takes notice of just how popular this measure would be with motorists.”