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Diesel prices hit all time highBack

It was revealed on Friday that prices at the pumps for diesel have reached record levels according to the AA.

The AA has quoted that the average price is now a record 143.05p per litre – surpassing the previous high of 143.04p per litre which was reached on 5th May 2011.

The pump price did offer some respite in July 2011 when it fell back to 137.59p, but it proceeded to climb again shortly after that and has not let up since.

In comparison, two years ago we were paying just £113.62p per litre for diesel which means that the new price represents a hike of around 17 per cent.

Commercial vans are one of the vehicles which currently suffer the worst, with the AA quoting that a van with an 80-litre fuel tank has increased its costs at the pump from £90.90 in February 2010 to £114.44, taking into account last week’s prices.

Prices of petrol have also suffered, with the average price recorded at 112.03p per litre two years ago, followed by a new record which was set at 137.43p on 5th May 2011. Petrol prices then fell slightly in January 2012 to 132.25p before starting to climb back up to the latest average of 135.39p.

AA president Edmund King said : “A stronger pound has staved off this moment for longer than might have been expected, but diesel drivers across the country will have been watching in trepidation.

“They hoped that below-record prices would hold until the spring, when winter price pressures on diesel traditionally ease.”

He went on to describe how the impact of record diesel prices will affect motorists, citing that higher transport costs will be passed onto businesses and consumers due to delivery and haulage firms adding a diesel surcharge to their invoices.

Mr King said it was “galling to see Brent crude shoot up from around 112 dollars a barrel earlier this month to nearly 120 dollars now, despite the International Energy Agency’s lower forecasts for oil consumption in 2012”.

In response to the all time high cost of diesel at the pump, the AA has contacted Chancellor George Osbourn and called for an investigation to be carried out on the oil, refining, fuel product and retail markets to make sure that families and business across the UK are protected from over-inflated prices and supply issues.

The AA is also campaigning strongly for an end to the annual fuel duty increases while the economy is still struggling to remain afloat, which includes campaigning for the cancellation of the planned rise in August this year.


Posted by Leana Kell on 22/02/2012