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The UK Retail Road Fuels Market

UK Gasoline and Diesel Sales based on HMRC Receipts 2016

Total road fuels - 45bn litres

Broken down into:

  • Petrol - 16.5bn litres (Retail)
  • Diesel -  20bn litres (Retail)
  • Diesel - 9.5bn litres (Commercial)

Diesel sales include both Retail & Commercial volumes

UK Forecourt breakdown by ownership year November 2016

Oil Company Sites = 1,307 +53 vs May 2016
Independent, = 5,721 +2 vs May 2016
Hypermarket = 1,448 -38 vs May 2016
Total = 8,476

Source: Experian Catalist

At the end of 2016 there were:

A total of 30.85 million licensed cars in the UK.

  • 18.41 million of which are petrol cars (59.7%)
  • 12.05 million of which are diesel cars (39.1%)
  • 318,600 are hybrid electric cars (1%)
  • 35,400 are gas, bi-fuel, petrol/gas or gas-diesel cars (0.1%)
  • 33,400 are electric cars (0.1%)
  • 400 cars are accounted for as other types of propulsion

Notable trends:

  • The number of licensed petrol cars continues to fall, having dropped by nearly 2 million cars since 2010, although the speed of decline has slowed in recent years.
  • Diesel license figures continue to rise, with nearly 4 million more diesel cars on the road than in 2010.
  • The number of hybrid electric cars continues to grow, more than doubling since 2013.
  • Licensed gas cars are beginning to drop more suddenly, with 15,000 less gas propelled cars than in 2011.
  • The electric car market is rapidly expanding, more than doubling in the past 2 years.

Source: Department of Transport


RMI Annual Report

Financial Statements - For the year ended 31st December 2016 - View / Download