One in eight (13%) car owners say they’ve stopped driving to work because petrol prices have soared, new polling commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
This rises to one in five (20%) among 18-34 year olds, showing young people are being particularly hard hit by sky-rocketing prices at the pump.
One in six (16%) car owners have stopped driving to the supermarket and a tenth (10%) have cancelled a family holiday in the UK because petrol prices have become so expensive. 7% say they’ve driven to see elderly relatives less, while 6% say they’ve stopped driving to medical appointments.
One in ten (10%) of 18-54 year olds have stopped driving their children to school, while a staggering one in ten (11%) 18-34 year olds with a car in their household say they’ve sold a car because of rising petrol prices.
Overall, one in two people (48%) have stopped or used their car less for one of the above reasons because of the rising cost of petrol.
The Liberal Democrats are demanding a fuel duty cut in rural areas, combined with slashing VAT to 17.5%. Combined the measures would save a typical driver £200 a year.
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP Jamie Stone said:
“In areas like my Highland constituency, people are utterly dependent on their cars to get to work, get their kids to school or visit elderly relatives.
“These figures show the impact of soaring petrol prices which are blowing a hole in the pockets of millions of families around the country. The whole country is simply grinding to a halt.
“Thanks to SNP ministers in Edinburgh, local bus and train services have been run down so there are fewer alternatives than ever.
“People in rural communities like ours are bearing the brunt of devastating fuel price hikes, yet the UK government is refusing to lift a finger to help.
“This has to be a wake-up call to both the SNP and the Conservatives. They need to stop arguing and help people with this cost-of-living emergency.”