Do you drive a diesel car or van? Well, watch out – you’re probably paying over the odds for your fuel. Garages and forecourts have been accused of hiking the price of diesel by up to 6p a litre to make up for poor margins on petrol sales. And that means they are adding more than £3 to the cost of filling up a diesel car, or £4.80 for a van.
Cheques and balancesEdmund King, AA president, said: “Cars are like blank cheques for whoever feels the need to balance the books by plundering drivers’ pockets. “And now the fuel retailers are taking £3-a-tank extra on diesel to steady their finances.”
Oiling the wheelsPetrol prices are also on the up, with the typical cost of a litre rising from 111.92p in mid March to 113.29p in mid April. And all this while wholesale oil prices continue to fall!
- In the first two weeks of March, oil averaged $58.50 (£39.31) a barrel.
- In the opening fortnight of April, the cost of a barrel was just $55.70.