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Here are the numbers.
This is a basic breakdown of the volume of fuel sold vs the number of cars (private passenger vehicles) currently on our roads nationally.
The data is from 2017 for both and was taken from the National Fuel Sales 2017 spreadsheet (Publicly available off the Dept of Energy Website) and registered vehicle numbers as per ENATIS.
In 2017, annual fuel sales totalled 27 Billion Litres across all grades of fuel.
Out of that, 23 Billion litres were petrol and diesel.
According to ENATIS, the total number of registered vehicles was 12 million.
Of that 12 million, 7 million or 65% of all registered vehicles are either cars or station wagons – in other words you and me.
That means that of the 27,7 billion litres of diesel and petrol, 65% or 23 billion litres was used by us.
With the fuel levy At R5 / litre, that’s a handy R115 Billion Rand annually or R9,5 Billion per month flowing to the government , every month.
If that amount slowly started drying up and eventually slowed to a crawl, they would pay attention.