According the AA’s annual survey of motoring costs, the cost of running a family car in Ireland has risen by 5.8% in the last 12 months,. It now costs €11,817 to run a small family car in the ‘Band C’ tax category (typical engine size of 1251 – 1500cc) for a year; up by €646 on the figure for 2010.
“Of course the single biggest change is the cost of fuel.” Says Director of Policy Conor Faughnan. “In June of 2010 petrol cost 133.3 cent per litre, but by June of this year that had risen to 151.7 cent. This is a surge of more than 12%, something that motorists are certainly feeling in their pockets.”
Based on these figures, Wexford Bus passengers commuting to Dublin on a regular basis are experiencing huge savings. Infact according to the AA figures a commuter driving between Enniscorthy and Dublin City 5 days per week, 48 weeks per year would spend €8,602 on petrol alone (in a Band C category car) at current prices compared with €7,569 per annum in 2010. This is before any servicing, depreciation or other running costs have been paid.
For commuters traveling between Enniscorthy & Dublin five days per week a Wexford Bus Annual Tax Saver ticket costs passengers as little as €1176 per annum (after tax savings). There is no doubt that the smart commuters are using Wexford Bus which operates up to 10 daily services each way.
For full details on the costs of motoring see http://www.aaireland.ie/AA/Motoring-advice/Cost-of-motoring/Motoring-Costs-Rise-2011.aspx