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AA research suggests that drivers have cut petrol use by 15%

Drivers have cut their petrol consumption by more than 15% since the credit crunch and the recession.

The AA has calculated that petrol sales in the first six months of 2011 were 1.7bn litres less than in the same period three years ago. 

It says the drop in petrol sales is a direct result of record fuel prices.

Many drivers are struggling to make ends meet in any case, so the high cost of petrol leaves them with no option but to try to use less. And businesses have been cutting back as well.

The cut in fuel purchases, comparing the first six months of this year with pre-recession levels, is equivalent to 40,000 delivery rounds by fully-laden petrol tankers.

One result has been lower emissions of potentially damaging exhaust fumes which can't be bad for the environment.

Loomis UK have always been very aware of it's fleet fuel usage - both from the perspective of costs and more importantly the effect on the environment.

Loomis have recently been involved in a ‘Green Fleet Review’, to further reduce it's fleet fuel consumption, and looking to conduct further driver training to raise awareness of safe and economical driving.

Another result of the decline in fuel purchasing, says the AA, is that the fall in sales has deprived the Treasury of nearly £1bn in fuel duty between January and June this year.

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