Government fuel stats show vehicle use 23% below pre-lockdown levels

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Fuel sales at filling stations across the UK are still 23% below their pre-lockdown levels even though restrictions have eased, according to newly released government figures.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s latest data reveals daily diesel sales are still 20% down than before lockdown, while petrol sales are 26% lower than would be expected. Sales now stand at 13, 670 litres and 5,360 litres respectively.

While pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, hotels, outdoor gyms, museums, galleries, cinemas, places of worship, community centres and libraries are now allowed to open, this new road fuel sales data suggests many people are still cautious.

Average sales per filling station have only gradually increased since mid-April and in the week ending 5 July were up just 3.2% compared to the previous week.

In the eight weeks prior to lockdown being imposed on 23 March, average daily road fuel sales were 17,690 litres per filling station. The lowest average daily figure recorded was 2,500 litres, on 12 April, at the peak of the pandemic. Figures for the first part of the lockdown from 23 March to 10 May were down 71% on pre-lockdown fuel sales.

The report used petrol and diesel sales figures from 4,500 filling stations, which make up over 50% of petrol stations in Great Britain. The study covered the period from 27 January 2020 to 05 July 2020.

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