Petrol prices: Howard Cox calls for cuts to fuel duty

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The AA said average diesel pump prices have now edged above the previous record set in April 2012. Drivers are now paying 147.94p a litre at the pumps, compared to 147.93p recorded nine years ago.

The RAC warns the new record price will be felt by the UK’s 12.5million diesel car drivers.

Petrol prices also remain at their highest ever level with prices almost two pence more expensive than previous highs.

Petrol costs now stand at 144.35p compared to the previous record of 142.48p.

At the beginning of September, before the fuel crisis gripped the nation, petrol was recorded at 135.3p and diesel at 136.7p.

The sudden increase means petrol is up 9p per litre and diesel 11.25p a litre in the space of weeks.

Data from the DfT show prices are higher now than at the height of the fuel shortage crisis despite most petrol stations now having a good supply.

The AA said the massive price hikes have added nearly £5 to the cost of a 55-litre tank of petrol.

Meanwhile, drivers are now paying more than £6 to fill a diesel tank in a massive cost of living crisis for motorists.

Luke Bosdet, AA fuel price spokesman said the cost rises were down to a hike in the wholesale price of fuel.

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He said: “Diesel drivers were given a temporary reprieve from a new price record despite the wholesale price of their fuel rising much faster than petrols.

“By the end of last week, petrol’s wholesale cost was nearly 52p a litre, having loitered around 44.5p a litre during the summer – a rise of 7.5p a litre.

“In comparison, diesel closed in on 57p a litre on Friday, up from around 43.5p a litre during the summer – an increase of 13.5p a litre.”

Last month, FairFuelUK warned prices were set to go “even higher” after the petrol shortage crisis.

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