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Italians pay more for petrol

I’ve always suspected that the price of petrol in Italy was just crazy but now a survey of the Cgia of Mestre has confirmed my impression.

Cgia Mestre compared the prices of petrol and diesel in the European union countries. The result was that the price of petrol sold in Italy was the highest after the Netherlands. As for diesel, however, no one in the EU pays more than we do when they go to the petrol station. The reason is only one: taxes.

Italian drivers pay on average 1,742 per litre while Dutch people pay 1,797 euro per litre. In Italy the price of fuel is heavily affected by taxes  for a total of 1,030 euro per litre.  Only in the Netherlands the taxes on fuel are higher than in Italy 1.059 per litre. 

Compared to the average of the Euro zone countries, the price per litre practiced in Italy is higher by 0.204 Euros. All of this amount is due to the weight of taxes, since the industrial price is in line with the European average. Regarding the incidence of taxation, instead, in Italy the average (59.1%) is higher than the rest of Europe by 5.4 points.

Whoever in Italy has a car powered by diesel whenever they go to a service area pay the highest price in the EU: EUR 1,624 per liter € 0,228 more than the Euro zone average.

Italy hits the tax record in Europe if we consider the weight of taxes in absolute terms or if we analyse the impact of taxes on the price at the pump. In the first case, for each litre poured into the tank of our car we give to the Revenue € 0.899 (+0.244 compared with the Euro area average), in the second case, however, the incidence of tax on the price at the pump is equal to 55, 4%, which is 8.5 points higher than the average of the countries surveyed.

The high price of fuel has also an impact on the price of food and products in general considering that the majority of them are transported on wheels.

Moreover, many Italian cities suffer from a serious lack of public transports as for example Rome, which means that people have no choice but take the car to go through the city. As a consequence the average Italian can’t really avoid using the car.

Giulia Lombardo

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