More than half of British motorists think that the government is trying to price them off the road, according to an annual survey conducted by Admiral.
The insurance firm polled 2500 British motorists and discovered that more than 90 per cent of them believe they are being ripped off by the current cost of fuel, with more than half blaming the government for this. Others blamed oil companies, petrol retailers and world affairs for high prices at forecourts.
Other findings in the survey include the fact that only one in three motorists are concerned about the damage their car does to the environment. Just one per cent of motorists own a hybrid car and of them, almost four out of five say they own one because of environmental reasons.
Of those who do not own a hybrid car, just one in four said that they would consider paying extra to buy an environmentally friendly car.
On the current state of British roads, one in five people said they had had their car damaged as a result of hitting a pothole. More than 20 per cent of people would be willing to pay extra tax if they knew the money would be spent improving the roads.