Latest Fuel Price Hikes Devastate Drivers


There is little chance of British drivers ever getting a fair deal on fuel again and with the latest price increases on both Unleaded and Diesel fuel over the past 48 hours motorists are becoming increasingly frustrated. The AA has just released a survey which indicates that around two thirds of AA members would simply vote for another party rather than for the Government if petrol prices were to rise to between 125p and 149p a litre. In Sussex the average price of fuel has been around £1.30 for the past month and a price of £1.34 is very common on the forecourts at Shell, Texaco and BP who are among the UK's biggest petroleum conglomerates.

Some good news though for the tanker drivers who held a four-day strike last week. It has been reported that they have formally accepted a 14% pay rise offer. Many motorists will still remeber last weekend's walkout hit fuel supplies to Shell garages across the UK and caused sporadic reports of panic-buying in some areas. The pay rise will come in two stages with nine percent this year and five percent next year.

And it means that drivers' basic pay will be lifted to £36,000 for a 48-hour week.

The story is the same in Ireland where the cost of both petrol and diesel has also reached record highs over the past 3 months (April, May and June). 

A new price survey from the AA shows that the average cost of a litre of petrol is now 130.5 cents - that's up 6.6 cent since May.

Diesel is reported to be up by over 10% a litre to an average of 142.9 cent.

The price of petrol has gone up by 13% since last October, while diesel has seen a jump of 30%.

The AA is also predicting tough months ahead with little prospect of cheaper prices at the pumps. 

According to the latest AA members poll, almost half (49%) of those polled believed the Government was most responsible for the rise in fuel prices.

And when asked who was benefiting most from the high prices, 55% said the Government, compared with 30% who said the oil companies and only 13% who said the oil-producing countries.

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