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Labour Party following up on the price of diesel

The Labour Party recently concluded their research into the growing disparity between petrol and diesel prices.

According to this press release from Liz McManus TD, the research compiled by AA Roadwatch showed the disparity clearly, and now she was writing to the National Consumer Agency to have them follow up.

She’s apparently already gone to great lengths, unsuccessfully, to find out what’s going on:

I have raised this issue with the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and at the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources but I cannot find out what is causing this disparity and what we can do to deal with it.

The National Consumer Agency have recently “successfully” taken on Aer Lingus and the estate agents – I wonder how they’ll deal with reversing the concept of “supply and demand” when it comes to petrol and diesel prices?

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Labour Party announces investigates price difference between petrol and diesel

Last week, I blogged about an expensive diesel price I noticed in Wexford. Also noticeable in the picture was the fact that the diesel was 20c more expensive per litre than the petrol. In the past, we’ve always been used to diesel being cheaper than petrol, but not recently.

According to this press release from Liz McManus TD, Investigation into disparity between petrol and diesel costs, Labour are going to look into this on our behalf:

Today Deputy Liz McManus proposed and got the agreement of the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to investigate the disparity that has arisen in relation to petrol and diesel costs.

“Diesel is now 20% higher in cost on the forecourt than petrol in many instances,” said Deputy McManus. “Yet we are being advised by the Government to choose environmentally more efficient options.

The press release goes on:

“Recent figures show that diesel costs have jumped 17.3% in a year. This is a worrying development for those who have purchased diesel cars in the hope to reduce their emissions.

However (and no offence to Conor Faughnan), their first step in their investigation is:

“The Oireachtas Committee is to write to Conor Faughnan of AA roadwatch to make a presentation as a first step to deal with this issue,” said Deputy McManus.

Shouldn’t investigations such as this be directed to the Competition Authority, or the National Consumer Agency, or The Regulator In Charge of Petrol and Diesel Prices? You can find out the AA take on this by going straight to their website – there, I’ve done their investigation for them!

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I’m with Conor Faughnan of the AA on this one

In the recent NRA hearings on the plans for the new barrier free tolling the AA Public Affairs Manager Conor Faughnan has called for extra taxes to be placed on petrol rather than impose the new planned tolls on the M50.

I have to completely agree with Mr.Faughnan, but would actually like to see changes go further. We should remove all motor taxes (including the daft new emissions based taxes) and the VRT, and replace them both with extra taxes on petrol. By following this suggestion, we have a pure pay per usage situation, which is emmininently more fair than our current situations.

Back to Mr.Faughnan at the hearings:

The AA today called for the tolls to be abandoned and replaced with a two cent per litre ‘infrastructure levy’ on fuel, which it said would raise more money with far less waste.

“NRA figures envisage a set-up cost of €13 million and an ongoing operating cost of €25 million annually, based on 2008 prices. This would mean that of the €80 million collected in revenue each year over 30 per cent would disappear in costs. This is scandalously wasteful,” said AA public affairs manager Conor Faughnan.

To my mind however, the words “scandalously wasteful” brings us to why such proposals as mine and Mr.Faughnan will never happen. Just imagine the number of civil servants who would need to be otherwise engaged if they weren’t required to oversee motor tax in each county, and centrally in Shannon, as well as those who oversee the VRT system. It’ll be much easier for the government to avoid such a situation rather than do the sensible thing and bring in pay per use when it comes to car usage.

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