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I am used to seeing my USian LJFriends bemoaning $4 / gallon petrol prices and had not bought petrol myself for a while but was surprised to find that petrol is MUCH more expensive over this side of the pond! We are spending up to £1.40 per LITRE! Now, using very rough approximations, there are about $2 per £1 and four litres to a gallon. I know, very rough. Please do let me know if these rough conversions are wildly off. Anyway, using these rough conversions, we are paying £1.40 x 4 x 2 = more than $10 per gallon!!!

ETA: TBH our living and traveling needs are not relevant to the price we are charged for petrol. My reason for this post was not to whine that we are charged more but merely to state the fact that, for whatever reason, we are - whether we have further to drive than you guys or less far to drive.

Just my opinion mind.

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words_spoken
Oct. 5th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
That is why I can not come to visit your country now. We were truly hoping to go to England/Scotland sometime soon, but we just can't with the exchange rate. It's terrible!
natf
Oct. 6th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
*hugs* I wish I could meet you one day... ;-p
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court9
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
I just did the math since I'm bored. You're less than 10%.

£1.40 = $1.93
1 litre = .264 gal

That means you're paying $10.24 per gallon!
natf
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I knew it was over ten dollars...
krasota
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Yes. You also have public transit. All those taxes go into the transit infrastructure, do they not?

krasota
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Also, for frame of reference, I grew up over a 1000km from where I currently live. And while it's too far for a weekend trip (10 hour drive), I've done it on a long weekend and used to do it several times a year.

Every other month, we drive over 400km (one way) to visit my in-laws. The cost of gas is still cheaper than the cost of train tickets. And the train would take considerably longer.

The US is most certainly a car culture. Blame geography and suburbs. ;)
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sweetmeow
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Yikes

We Americans complain about the dardest things! Maybe we don't know how good we have it?
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chasing_life
Oct. 5th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Oh my! I knew gasoline was a lot more over there but had no idea it was THAT much! How do people afford to drive their cars??? Here in the states, usually only the big cities have a good public transportation system. Where I live, I don't even think the bus runs in my area. If I had to rely on public transit, i'd be SOL!

I'm still shaking my head over that price! Man.
natf
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
I thought that It was educational to see what we pay for petrol when so many USians complain about 'gas' prices. We cope fine - petrol has always been more expensive here and so we are used to it.
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natf
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
*hug*
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natf
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah - court9 did more accurate sums above - it is still over $10 though!
rain_oubliette
Oct. 5th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
I have to drive 30 miles to school. There is NO public transportation of any kind here. Only in the city. (I live in the farm country.) If I need to take a train, I would have to go to Harrisburg or Baltimore, both over 50 miles. I must have my car or I cannot work, eat, etc. The problem stems from the fact that not everyone lives in a city or metropolitan hub. If we did, then we wouldn't have the farming capabilities of feeding everyone.
natf
Oct. 6th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, well, TBH our living and traveling needs are not relevant to the price we are charged for petrol. My reason for this post was not to whine that we are charged more but merely to point out that, for whatever reason, we are - whether we have further to drive than you guys or less far to drive.

Just my opinion mind.
1smart1
Oct. 5th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
How much of that is government-imposed taxes?
rickbooth
Oct. 5th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Who other than governments impose taxes?

It's of the close order of 70% (just under, I believe).
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rickbooth
Oct. 5th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
If you're paying £1.40/litre for petrol, well, you shouldn't be (and your link has nobody charging more than £1.31 even for super). It's typically £1.07 here in Manchester, and down in the west midlands where I was last weekend, at the main stations, and the super-premium high-octane stuff my car prefers is available widely at £1.13.

It's still far more expensive than American petrol, of course.
natf
Oct. 6th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
That link is up to the minute. When I looked, Super Unleaded was 1.38. Also, things are more expensive down here in Sussex (London commuter belt) than in Manchester TBH.
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marypcb
Oct. 6th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
and the american gallon is a different size; Simon worked it out as $11-12 earlier in the year... but we still feel $4 gas is pricey when we're in CA ;-)
natf
Oct. 6th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Oh, good point. I can never remember if their pint is larger or smaller than ours...
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chasing_life
Oct. 6th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
I hope I didn't offend you. I didn't intend to at all. I was just floored that gasoline is so much higher over there. And yes, we complain about prices being over $4 a gallon. The cost of living here has increased so much, not just with gas, but with everything; food, home heating/electric, water, sewage, even trash collection. Not to mention cable. I have basic cable, internet and phone bundled into one. I pay over $140 a month for the three. Everything has increased and wages haven't. That's what sucks the most. Paychecks aren't going up with the cost of living, therefore people are losing their homes, cars and anything else that's a big ticket item. Hubby and I are in the worst shape financially than we've EVER been in and there's no end in sight.
natf
Oct. 6th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Oh no! You didn't offend me. *hugs*
moonlightgryph
Oct. 6th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
I went to Germany when I was 16 (about nine-years ago. While I was there I noted the gas price was about $6/gallon.) I don't remember the exact price per litre but I converted it all. At the time we, in America, were paying something around $1/gallon. I remember when I could fill my 16 gallon gas-tank for less than $20. Now it's $60ish. Still, I remember being absolutely floored by how much the Germans were paying for gas. At the time I had no true concept of "Big oil companies," import/export oil, etc. Now I understand a little better... but it still amazes me just how much more you guys pay than us!
natf
Oct. 6th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for 'getting it'!
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