Has the increase in petrol prices changed the way people commute?

The soaring high petrol prices has been a concern in UK for the past few weeks but what do the people have to say about it.

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Petrol prices in the UK continued to rise and break all previous records, in the month of October.

The price growth recorded in October was the largest single month increase since 2000.

The rate at the beginning of the month was 136.92p per litre, and by the end of it the prices stood at 144.35p per litre which meant that the prices rose by 7.5p per litre.

These record high fuel prices have added around £4 to the cost of filling an average family car’s fuel tank.

With the risk of the prices booming further, Bank of England’s monetary policy committee (MPC) is set to focus on inflation in and decide on whether action is required to curtail the rising costs.

The high fuel rates have affected many businesses but how have the common people received it? We asked a few people whether the increase in fuel rates has changed the way they commute.

Halima, student

“It doesn’t really impact me because I don’t drive but having said that it has become difficult to take a taxi. Taxi drivers don’t make that much money anyway so with the rise in fuel rates they have to charge more for taxis which is really hard on customers too.”

Allen, safety director for railways

“No, it hasn’t changed the way I commute because I work for the railway which is the most environment friendly way to move around the country. We should all aim to use public transport more and drive rather less. I do drive sometimes but I drive a hybrid car so that I can be a little less impactful on the environment.”

Molly, student

“The rise in petrol prices doesn’t affect me because I don’t have a driver’s license. I really don’t think about the impact it would have on taking cabs because I don’t live Wales. If I wanted to take a cab I would do it anyway because in that moment I wouldn’t think of the increased rates.”

Tom, general services manager

“I have to commute from Bristol, so it hasn’t changed the way I commute here. I still drive around Bristol, the increase in the rates doesn’t bother me.”

Penny, student

“It hasn’t impacted me in particular because I don’t drive over here but I would use public transport in the first place. Even without the rise in petrol prices, I still wouldn’t drive because it’s too expensive here.”