Petrol and alcohol increases 'could have been worse', admit retailers

PROPOSED inflation-based increases on fuel and alcohol duty got a mixed reaction from Guernsey retailers.

Dave Beausire

PROPOSED inflation-based increases on fuel and alcohol duty got a mixed reaction from Guernsey retailers.

Businesses spoken to by the Guernsey Press warned that the 3% rise in duty would be met by customers, but most of them admitted the increase could have been steeper than the Budget proposals announced this week.

Petrol station owners had particularly feared larger increases, including Dave Beausire of Le Mont Saint garage, where unleaded is 109.9p a litre and diesel is 119.9p.

Mr Beausire, pictured, has also re-opened San Lorenzo garage – where there is a promotional offer of 105.9p for unleaded and 115.9p for diesel – but said any increases would have to be met by the customers.

Trev’s Motorcycle owner Trevor Hockey had also predicted a bigger increase, but he would still welcome a Budget that did not hit the motorists.

Comments for: "Petrol and alcohol increases 'could have been worse', admit retailers"

PLP

I look at petrol, alcohol and tobacco duty increases as pretty much a given these days.

For politicans they are "quick wins" that don't require a great deal of thought and are generally accepted by the population after a couple of days grumbling.

Bob

Yes politicians love it as its like a catch all tax!

And people dont stop grumbling within a few days, havent you noticed the past few years of outright abuse hurled towards states members after their appropriately dumb decisions?!

Do we need to make a list YET again?!

Dave Jones

Bob

What are you talking about?

A few of us voted against the Budget last year because of these constant increases in indirect taxation, which are unfair especially to the lower paid as they are not based on peoples ability to pay and to some of us that is an unfair tax system.

Fuel increases are particularly inflationary, as they are immediately passed on by hauliers to the retailers in goods delivered, who in turn pass them on to the public through increased prices in the shops. Food is particularly hit hard by rising fuel taxes. The public has been hit already with a massive 9% increase in electricity prices because the power station burn huge amounts of oil when the cable link was down.

PLP

Dave Jones - it's good to see you see the bigger picture. As you alluded to in your post though, you are in the minority.

I still maintain that for T&R they are "quick wins" as a method of indirect taxation - particularly alcohol and tobacco as a quick flash of the health card tends to silence any objections.

Fuel is slightly more difficult to justify but I think a fair proportion of the general public are unaware of the knock on costs - and a quick wave of the environment card always helps steer it through.

Backchat

Ok everything you buy will be increasing in price again due to this rise in fuel tax.

markB

Well Dave if the increase is met by the customer ..what are you worried about?

CSR

It appears the 'promotional offer' on fuel at San Lorenzo was short lived, I passed there this morning and their fuel cost was back up to 109.9 per litre - same as a lot of other places. I don't really think a week's offer is a lot to shout about especially when probably very few folks knew the garage was back up and running, but hey at least Dave got his free advertising courtesy of the GEP... no wonder he's got a smile on his face as opposed to the standard arms folded pose that most of the GEP's photos seem to feature.

soph

As usual most tax increase for us few smokers left! (not against)

Sorry GP but this article looks like an advert!!

Ray

Petrol carries a 45p per litre tax on it now so an extra 3% will only add 1.35p to it which will hardly bring the island to a halt

My old Gran used to say that petrol obviously gets more expensive because it costs more to transport it when the price rises.I suppose she was right in a way

Mike

The costs of transporting only rise because the tax is raised.

You can't justify an increase in tax based on 'rising costs' that the tax itself is generating.