‘Greedy retailers!’ Pump prices remain sky high as Brits start driving home for Christmas

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The RAC found the latest petrol and diesel prices have remained at high levels since a spike followed fuel shortages earlier this year. Drivers filling their cars up with unleaded petrol will pay on average 146 pence per litre.

Diesel cars will pay slightly more, with the average price per litre estimated as 149p.

Super unleaded drivers will have to dig even deeper into their pockets, with an average price of 158 pence per litre.

This compares to an estimated 118 pence per litre for diesel and 114 pence per litre for unleaded last Christmas.

In fact, the Times claims it would now cost around £80 to fill up the average 55-litre family car compared to £63 in December 2020.

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The rate recorded back in November beat the RAC’s previous high set in April 2012 when unleaded cost 141 pence per litre and diesel stood at 148 pence per litre.

But the Times also revealed retailers are making 16p per litre on unleaded petrol and 13 pence per litre on diesel.

Speaking to the broadsheet, the RAC’s fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “Retailers’ ‘gift’ to drivers this Christmas is to take advantage of them [drivers] like never before.

“Retailers have blatantly resisted making significant cuts at the pumps that the wholesale price merited in favour of trivial daily reductions.”

Christmas Eve is expected to be a busy day on the roads with many Brits making the festive pilgrimage home.

Traffic data company Inrix even estimates some 5.3million journeys will be made on the roads, making it the busiest Christmas Eve since 2015.

Mr Williams added: “Had this type of behaviour been seen in the domestic energy market there would have been public uproar.

“Sadly, though, there’s no scrutiny of fuel prices at a Government level whatsoever, meaning drivers are left to suffer at the hands of greedy retailers.”

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Supermarkets account for around half of all fuel sales.

It is said the volume and frequency of supermarket sales could enable them to pass on savings in the wholesale price.

Speaking about the potential move, Mr Williams told the Times: “If they were to do this, as they have in the past, it would then force other retailers to do the same, lowering prices for drivers everywhere.

“Instead we have virtually no competition in fuel retailing now, to the detriment of the driving public.”

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