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Cornish Drivers Dumping Cars

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:16pm 3rd January 2012

More of us in Cornwall are dumping our cars, because we can not afford the petrol.

A report says motorists in the southwest are driving less than anywhere else in the country.

In fact we cut back by more than a hundred and sixty miles last year.

Paul Watters from the AA has some ideas to save fuel: "If they don't press the accelerator so hard, if they stick to the speed limits, if they don't overload the car, if they keep it well tuned, well serviced. Also use the brakes very sparingly and try to judge the road conditions ahead.

"It is increasingly becoming motoring for the rich and harder motoring for the poor, and that is a very difficult problem for families and people in rural areas particularly who depend on their cars.

Martin Line is Transport Manager at Maen Karne Aggregates, a haulage company based on the Roseland.

He wants the government to put a cap on petrol.

"We've just invested in some new trucks now to try and get some better miles per gallon out of the vehicles, but our contracts specify that we've got to carry the clay from A to B all the time, so we've not got any option but to carry on and use them and bear the costs.

"There's got to be a ceiling whereby you know, it stops. As a group we're buying in excess of sixty thousand litres a month. Between loads it can vary as much as seven hundred pounds a load. It's just a cost that we have to bear at the moment and it's getting very difficult."

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