Driving up the cost of motoring fuels anger

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AS a motorist you expect to pay money for fuel.

But the price of petrol at the pumps has hit a new record high with the cost of filling a 50-litre petrol tank increasing by about £10 compared to December 2009.

Across the city petrol prices range from 125.9 pence per litre to prices nudging 135.9 pence per litre with the lowest price for diesel starting at around 131.9 pence per litre.

Opinion on the fuel costs is divided but many angry drivers have slammed the new hike with experts warning prices will continue to rocket further.

Aaron Thompson, commenting on the Citizen’s Facebook site said: ‘Digusting prices – £129.9 for a litre, especially when we have no choice but to travel to work. Some of us have to travel 50 miles plus a day.’

And members of the Road Haulage Association were equally alarmed about the situation.

In a joint statement between the RHA and the Freight Transport Association, they said: “It’s time that something was done. To that end the two organisations that look after the interests of British hauliers have decided that enough is enough and in an unprecedented move they are putting up a united front and are both firmly behind the campaign FairFuel UK.”

Allan Banks, chairman of the North Bucks branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, also expressed concern that small businesses will not be able to sustain higher prices if they continued to rise.

He said: “The country’s small businesses are not just hard-hit by the recent VAT rise but also by record high fuel prices which have come at the most fragile of times.

“Small firms such as the haulier and the taxi driver will be severely affected by this rise in fuel duty.”

But some drivers said they were not affected by the petrol price hike claiming the most they had paid was 128.9 pence per litre.

One driver, Andrew Collins responded to a post on our Twitter site by saying: ‘Petrol prices are great, well diesel prices are, Still cheaper than it was two years ago.’

People can help by signing the petition at www.FairFuelUK.com