Continuing a trend dating back to 2006, in-state consumption of gasoline declined in 2012 compared with the previous year, according to the California Board of Equalization.
In 2012, 14.5 billion gallons of gasoline were used, down from about 14.6 billion in 2011.
Even with reduced consumption, BOE member George Runner noted that "Californians paid a record $8.3 billion in fuel taxes last year."
Gasoline consumption in the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled 3.57 billion gallons, down from 3.63 billion gallons in the final quarter of 2011.
In-state diesel use also declined slightly in 2012 - 2.6 billion gallons, compared with 2.62 billion in 2011. Diesel use is one indicator of in-state trucking commerce.
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