Why Fuel Costs More In Britain Than Some European Countries

We all know in the UK that fuel for our vehicles is expensive but how exactly do we fare up against other countries in Europe? It turns out not so well, the AA’s latest Fuel Price Report has revealed that the UK has the most expensive diesel in Europe and the 6th most expensive unleaded. While this may not seem very fair, there’s a reason why it’s so high and we’ll take a look at it in this article.

How We Compare

The latest Fuel Price Report from AA has detailed the fuel prices in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and shows that UK drivers are paying more than most places in Europe. The UK has an average price of 117.24 pence per litre for unleaded and 119.33 pence per litre for diesel, which may seem pretty normal to us but would look extortionate if the same was asked at a pump in most other European nations.

The cheapest fuel can be found in the Czech Republic who only charge 85.63 ppL for unleaded and 83.35 ppL for diesel. The only countries charging more than the UK for unleaded were Greece, Denmark, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands. Although in the UK we expect diesel to cost much more than unleaded, there are only three countries aside from the UK charging more than £1 per litre for it, leading to what the AA describe as the “Great British diesel rip-off”.

Why is It More Expensive?

One of the main reasons for this high cost is the tax that is put on the fuel over here. The UK has the fourth largest tax on unleaded and the largest tax on diesel worldwide, with a tax of £0.5795 per litre on each. On top of this, we also have the 20% VAT rate on petrol to bump the price up a little more. So whereas the price of fuel would actually be 39.75 pence per litre for unleaded, we actually pay the huge 117.24 pence per litre.

The reasons for the huge fuel taxes are these: to increase revenues for the government and to reduce consumption. Just like there is a tax on cigarettes to reduce the consumption of those for health purposes, the tax on fuel is supposed to help us reduce fuel consumption to become greener.

So that’s why our fuel costs more than other European countries. Whether we like it or hate it (and we’re sure we know which most people do) it’s here to stay. Here at Wrong Fuel, we help drivers who have put the wrong fuel in their car to get back on the road. If you are ever in this situation then don’t hesitate to call one of our specialists on 0800 634 9827 and we’ll have you driving again in no time.