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    Having just come back from France .........

    Why is Diesel more expensive than Petrol in the UK when it is the other way around in France.

    I seem to remember a long time ago diesel being cheaper over here to.

    Am thinking I will have to do some sums if the price difference stays as it is and see if it is cheaper to drive a diesel now

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    I was listening to the radio in the van this morning and the DJ had been on holiday somewhere in the middle east (didn't catch where) and they hired a Hummer. They fuelled it up with 80 litres and it cost him.......








































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    Yep, diesel used to be cheaper in the past.

    I think it's because the Government decided that diesel fumes (i..e particulates) were not a good thing (probably correct) and therefore a good reason for them to then whack more duty on diesel. Same old story - tax everything that they think the can with the 'environmental' excuse.

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    not bad to say diesel is basicaly a bye product of refining petrol or so i am led to believe
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    if in doubt, LPG or Bio diesel...the way it's going it'll soon be cheaper to run your can on stella than either petrol or diesel..

    reassuringly expensive..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Yep, diesel used to be cheaper in the past.

    I think it's because the Government decided that diesel fumes (i..e particulates) were not a good thing (probably correct) and therefore a good reason for them to then whack more duty on diesel. Same old story - tax everything that they think the can with the 'environmental' excuse.
    & diesel drivers are still being punished even though the amount we pay for the road fund licence is based on how polluting the vehicle is!!

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    I think the rise in price is purely a reflection of the hightened demand for diesel cars now. More people have them so more demand so more revenue available via taxes. Pants!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchp View Post
    not bad to say diesel is basicaly a bye product of refining petrol or so i am led to believe
    It depends how the refinery is "tuned"...... Basically a refinery can be set up to optimise yield of certain products. The reason that diesel is currently so much more expensive when compared with gasoline in this country is purely due to demand outstripping supply, even with refinery optimisation. Two years ago it was cheaper. Now, the demand from India and China for middle distillates (i.e. similar products to diesel) has skewed the market and is unlikely to change in the near future. Also diesel is actually easier to produce since it is (almost) a straight refinery product, whereas gasolines have to be extensively blended

    On the continent, the tax regime is much more favorable to diesel vehicles and always has been. More enlightened governments than ours. We do have to thank Johnny foreigner in France, Germany and Italy for this tax regime which has resulted in some very fine diesel engines being developed as they were popular due to much lower running costs.

    Hope the above helps - it is a complicated subject, but keeps me in a job!!!!

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