Transport Costs Too Much in the UK !

Transport Costs Too Much in the UK !

Apparently the Stock Market Parasites are lobbying for a massive cut in Air Passenger Duty for Executive Jet Set Tourists to be paid for by the reintroduction of ( as hated by the working class ) Road Fuel Tax Escalator in an attempt to step up the Corporate Ethnic Cleansing of Rural Areas !

Edited & Expanded from my original NollyPrott article October 2012 !

I was just thinking about the price differential between petrol and diesel in the UK and perhaps it all boils down to the fractional distillation of oil, a topic as part of the O level physics syllabus in the 1970s, and included in the BR handbook for Diesel Traction, in fact crucial information for any skilled engineer.  However, very few people know that all oil is not the same, apart from the fact that Brent Crude is 20$ more expensive than WTI Texas light crude. 

It is probably the case that Brent Crude yields far more diesel under distillation than WTI, and even then all ” diesel ” is not the same, some is noticeably less good than the best, when I was driving wagons you could often tell when there had been a new delivery at the garage, used to run it pretty dry and then get a full 8 wheeler full of the new stuff.   I have never noticed any significant difference between petrol because I always keep a full tank, except that you get less Mpg since they started adding 5% ethanol, which lowers the calorific value.

The question  ” Is Brent more expensive because it yields more diesel ” for which there is an ever growing market for, a diesel car now better than a Hyibrid Prius petrol electric as far as theoretical Co2 emissions are concerned and therefore environmentally trendy.  The only snag is that  the particulates are now being caught in a mega expensive to replace filter thus increasing the long term running costs. and furthermore they present a serious vehicle fire as more than amply seen on TV when an LPG Tanker caught fire pulling up the bank on the M56 near Runcorn.  HGV fires on Motorways would appear to be far more frequent these days, perhaps due to the EU Speed Limiters preventing the filter cleaning itself out as its designers theoretically intended ?

The reason they first started using petrol is because it was a cheap waste product of the oil refining industry,  people only moved onto diesel engines due to the major problem of burnt out exhaust valves on petrol engines.  Lead saved the exhaust valves so petrol was still popular in larger vehicles right up to the 1960s, even though diesel was significantly cheaper then, diesel cars were almost non existent until the late 1980s when lead was banned. 

I had a 1989 Metro 1000cc with valve seats fitted and a lower compression ratio 8:1 instead of 9:1 but it wasn’t much good so I went back to leaded fuel and tweaked the ignition timing as far advanced without pinking giving me the performance of a 1300 but got rid of it and got a diesel Peugeot 309 in 1991. 

I kept that for ten years untill the gearbox went and got an almost new Skoda diesel which was not much use for a couple of years until alleged vandals set it on fire outside the back of our house.  Then I got a older Peugeot 205, which I ran until 2006 and it was basically knackered.  I could see that diesel prices were rising so I took the plunge and bought a new Kia Picanto 1000cc petrol which performs as good as my tweaked Metro did, its a 12 valve engine, ( two inlet valves one exhaust per cylinder ) better than a 16 valve for low speed pulling. 

Even on the unleaded petrol now and current high fuel prices I can get 17p per mile out of it, ( it was 10p with 2007 fuel prices and not as much ethanol ) and it does everything I need it to will cruise at indicated 80 on the motorway all day and fun to drive on A roads.  I believe Ford now claims to have built a 1000cc petrol engine with the performance of a 1600, if it catches on we could in time see diesel prices fall, but you can cut your running costs by avoiding air conditioning if given the option by the manufacturers, I don’t have A/C on my Kia.

The whole road fuel market would appear to be rigged by the theoretical need to cut Co2 making the more efficient diesel more competitive yet thinking in the longer term perhaps the high cost of changing the particulate filter makes the new Ford more cheaper for an average family, my Kia is OK for just single me, yet the road safety lobby are conspiring to increase everyone’s costs by insisting on 20 Mph zones which are impossible to keep to on uphill  with a small engine.

Everything is designed to make motoring as expensive as possible, especially if you are a young driver, insurance costs are now a complete rip off and offer no cost advantage in running an old vehicle, free insurance deals on new cars must be the cheapest form of motoring for the young in this rigged by the Corporate Multinational Cartel market.

It could be said that the insurance companies are promoting the imposition of a financial apartheid barrier to young drivers which impacts most on those who need a car due to the lack of public transport.   It is probably also the case that bus fares are kept artificially high by the entry cost to motoring as jacked up by insurance costs.  In fact the Corporate's have got you enslaved whichever way you turn if you want freedom of mobility in the UK.  Now some insurance companies are rigging young driver and other theoretical insurance costs via Safe Driver Apps which probably also manipulates the UK inflation data, whilst filling our roads with Leg-Irons to increase congestion and justify Toll Roads !

Affordable long distance train fares are only available if you book at least a month in advance and the company can record your movements, your movements on your OAP etc Free Bus Pass are also recorded.  Many Insurance Companies would prefer you to submit to be tracked by spy in the sky navigation technology, so much for freedom but its not quite yet the ” big brother ” state imposing conditions on you, its the Corporate Multinational Cartel you need to worry about.

I was just thinking of another example of the imposition of a financial apartheid barrier by car insurance companies, this time against the unemployed. Back in July I was fishing for quotes from companies not likely to go bust if the stock market crashed, For the first time I used my status as retired as opposed to my former status as unemployed. Anyway I waited until I got my renewal notice from the company I have been with for 10 years and with a full no claims bonus.

The quote came out £50 more than those I got on the web, when challenged they said it was lower due to me being retired as opposed to unemployed. This is blatant corporate discrimination against unemployed people, why should the unemployed be classed as a greater risk than a retired person of the same age ( 51 in my case ), unless perhaps you are attempting the economic cleansing of low income people by stopping them from diving altogether, in any case its a private tax on people financially unfortunate enough to be looking for work.

Perhaps the only way to get a true free market in transport would be to issue State Third Party Motor Insurance, the public payment for which could be included in the cost fuel thus encouraging fuel efficient cars, and perhaps it would be better to go back to the original motorcycle Road Fund Licence principle of road taxation based on engine capacity. Said Road Fund could then be dedicated to road maintenance and a move back to petrol cars could be encouraged via cheaper insurance costs, the Aussies included it in your Road Tax disc when I was out there New Year 1988.  No need for an import magnet False Economic Growth and stoke new car prices Scrappage Scheme Boom for the criminal Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders who don't check the " Tracking " in their Pre Delivery Inspections and often your front tyres become worn out long before time !

Commercial vehicles could get a rebate on their fuel duty costs up to a set maximum annual mileage, ( or use red diesel ) thus encouraging shorter distance traffic and promoting the use of rail for longer journeys unless you can prove that there is no true economic alternative but to use the road for bulky goods etc.  Some large corporate logistics companies are already using rail due to the subsidy, but traffic can not increase further until Network Rail complete the renewal of all the pre 1970s jointed track, its all part of the dash to be green trendy and in fairness it is a true environmentally beneficial market direction but its subsidy makes it false economic growth despite the track improvement programme.

Since I wrote the original article the track on both the Up and Down lines in the rock cutting adjacent to my house and was being used for Scottish freight traffic over the Settle & Carlisle, replacing the 1947 LMS Bullhead Down line and the 1963 BR flat Bottom jointed track on the Up line.  The BR 1963 caused more noise and vibration in the front living room than the 1947, but now the new Continuous Welded Rail track is worse than either of the aforementioned, and after watching YouTube Footage of modern practice I believe I know the problem.

It would appear that they are using pads under the rails where they fit onto the sleepers, perhaps in an attempt to reduce vibration and thereby improve passenger comfort, only problem is that plastic will wear steel and possibly cause the rail to fracture prematurely. I learn't that as a boy apprentice, plastic air pipe wearing a grove in a 10mm chassis with no damage to the pipe whatsoever !

I was informed that the Health & Safety fraudsters  scammed Network Rail out of millions for installing steel mesh to prevent rock falls on Settle & Carlisle cuttings when the real danger has always been landslips, like the one on Mallerstang Common which due to the stupidity of the Guard resulted in the death of the driver.  It was a stormy day and said passenger train was the last to Carlisle as the line was closed behind it due to flooding, the landslip derailed the train fouling the Up Line, and which at some unspecified short time after was stuck by the locomotive of a southbound coal train.  They gave the Guard an award for comforting the distressed passengers, when perhaps the driver would be alive today if he had studied Rule 181 from the BR 1950 rule book, got the detonators, jumped out and ran as fast as he could towards Carlisle and put detonators, even if only one on the track !

I hope you can find time to watch the full opening video, but perhaps the Health & Safety Gestapo will attempt to give the guy eating an apple whilst driving a posthumous £60 on the spot penalty fine, now they sting you for £60 for every pallet not strapped inside a taut liner despite the fact that each strap on the sheet will hold a Ton.  Same for every turn from the top on the trailer legs, and of course you have to wear a seat belt so you can't lean forward and sideways to properly see at some junctions, or to check for a gormless cyclist on your nearside in the mirror ?

Some old drivers used to say " Can't fall off there's nowt to stop it ! "but little wonder heavy machinery falls off trucks due to the straps getting cut through by sharp corners, better to use chains and Warricks, don't sheet them up so you can keep an eye on the load in the mirror !

Qualifications significantly based on  Course Work Assessment are probably not worth the paper they are written on, whereas old style Formal Examinations identify the true brightest students in their chosen field !

Chains as good as a rest !

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