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Cost concerns put 40 per cent of motorists in Devon and Cornwall off driving

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

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Two fifths of drivers in the South West will use their car less next year if costs associated with owning a vehicle continue to rise, according to new research.

Worries about the expense of driving saw a third of motorists in the region reporting they enjoy driving less than a year ago.

In the study, commissioned by AXA car insurance, 61% said their enjoyment had decreased due to rising costs.

The research, involving 2,000 motorists across the UK, showed more than a fifth of motorists in the South West said they were already struggling to keep up with costs.

Some 69% said the cost of fuel had already got too high and 55% said they were frustrated by the cost of fuel tax, despite the Chancellor backing down on plans to raise it by 3p in January 2013.

With 29% of drivers expecting fuel to be between £1.41 and £1.50 by the end of the year, 38% want the Government to ensure fuel tax is capped.

Amanda Edwards, of AXA Insurance, said: "As all of us are becoming increasingly concerned about finances, it's no surprise that the costs related to driving are at the top of motorists' frustrations."

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