Thursday, 17 November 2011

Ditching the truck/transport Sitting working it all out i came up with a figure of £1,900 a year and that is without extras like oil antifreeze etc etc

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After a few months pondering on giving up the use of the truck on the road with all the costs that it entails , we have finally took the plunge and decided to go vehicleless, although we will carry on living in the old truck i refuse to pay the spiralling costs.

Sitting working it all out i came up with a figure of £1,900 a year and that is without extras like oil antifreeze etc etc

And being the hermits that we are and going out maybe 2 times a month that works out at roughly £160 a trip just madness and the greed of the government and the oil companies has finally got the better of me .

 

So from now on it will be buses and the odd taxi for us , can even have the odd pint in Ullapool as i will not be driving anymore .

 

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