UK petrol consumption in January fell to its lowest level ever, government figures show. Statistics released by HM Revenue and Customs show that, in January, UK drivers got through 1,351m litres of petrol. That is marginally down on the previous January’s consumption of 1,365m litres, and 12.7% less than five years ago (1,548m litres).

Diesel consumption was also down by a much greater amount on 12 months before, totalling 2,123m litres, compared with 2,250m litres a year earlier, a drop of 5.6%.