Saturday 17 March 2018

Motor expenses don’t factor in diesel cars

THE article headlined "Rocketing petrol prices hitting families for €400 more per year" (Irish Independent, May 4) omits a couple of very important facts.

The article frequently refers to the cost of a litre of petrol and petrol bills families must pay. However, according to the CSO, the majority of new private cars sold are diesel – in March 2011 the figure was 69.4pc.

Secondly, and most importantly, the article states that the “average family car does more than 19,000km a year... requiring 1,800 litres”. In ‘old money’, this is about 12,000 miles and 396 gallons giving, on average, 30mpg.

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