But every cloud has a silver lining and Liftshare hopes this will provide the impetus for many more car drivers to investigate the benefits of car-sharing.
"It is a great shame that the Government needs to increase fuel costs in order to compensate for its own mistakes," said Liftshare's founder Ali Clabburn. "However, last year's petrol crisis did demonstrate that escalating prices at the pumps do lead to a change in behaviour among motorists.
"In June last year, Liftshare's membership rate increased by 100% as fuel prices went up. Thousands of motorists actually managed to reduce their travel costs by car-sharing - even though fuel prices were spiraling - and as a result reduced congestion and pollution. We expect this price increase to reduce emissions from cars and therefore support it."
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