A trip to the fuel pumps can be a painful experience these days – in fact, the average price of a litre of petrol rose to its highest point in almost four years this month (129.38p).
Diesel drivers haven’t got it any easier either, with the average cost hitting 132.31p per litre – a price that hasn’t been seen on British fuel forecourts since October 2014.
These eye-watering pump prices have come about as a result of the most dramatic increase in prices since the turn of the millennium, with petrol and diesel prices leaping more in May 2018 than in any other month in the last 18 years.
Recent large rises in the cost of crude oil have been blamed for inflating prices at the pump, which saw wholesale prices jump by 3.46p and 3.88p per litre throughout May.
However, Luke Bosdet, the AA’s fuel price spokesman, accused forecourts of targeting families during the school half-term and “charging [them] through the nozzle” when they would’ve enjoyed bumper sales of ice creams and other summer-related goods.
“Less than a month ago, the petrol retailers were falling over themselves to warn of pump prices at record levels,” said the AA man.
“Now that the price of oil has fallen away and fuel costs have followed, they have kept quiet and carried on charging cash-strapped motorists the maximum for their fuel.”
This greed has been taking its toll. The AA’s recent survey of more than 17,000 motorists found that rising fuel prices had forced 15 per cent of people to spend less time driving and nine per cent to cut back on spending in other areas – 14 per cent had done both.
In total, 38 per cent of those surveyed had made some sort of sacrifice as a result of the rising cost of fuel.
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Posted on 16th July 2018
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