Shock as British motorists pay more in fuel tax than in any other European country
It's long been the case, but it still sticks in the craw. Basically, taxes and duties account for 60 per cent of the price of unleaded petrol and 58 per cent for diesel, which is the highest percentages in the Europe. Fantastic, eh?
In short, it means that Britain is the most expensive place in the EU to buy diesel and the eighth costliest for unleaded. If you want to be jealous of someone, the lowest unleaded tax rate is in Cyprus AND they get nicer weather.
These official figures come on the back of Chancellor George Osborne refusing to cut fuel duty in next month’s Budget, basically saying we can't afford to lower the price. That'd be 'us' who are being royally shafted every day, rather than the 'us' that sit in parliament not worrying about such things.
Right on, etc.
Philip Davies, a Tory backbench MP who obtained these figures, said: “Fuel duty is already too high and hard-pressed families can’t afford to pay even more. The Government’s debt crisis was caused by spending being too high, not taxes being too low and therefore the solution to the problem is for the Government to cut its spending – not to kick people in the teeth with higher taxes.”
British drivers are hit hard on fuel thanks to VAT being applied to the cost after fuel duty has been added, which essentially means that drivers are getting taxed on the tax you've already shelled out for.