Drop petrol prices, retailers urged


Published: Saturday 6th December 2014 by The News Editor

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There is scope to reduce petrol prices by more than 7p a litre and diesel by nearly 6p, according to the RAC.

The motoring organisation called on fuel retailers to pass on further savings in the wholesale price brought about by the continued fall in world oil prices.

“This overdue cut would reduce the biggest cost of motoring just in time for Christmas,” a spokesman said.

Reductions the organisation is suggesting would bring the average price of a litre of petrol to 114p and diesel to 120p – prices last seen across the country in March 2010.

Currently, the average price of petrol stands at 120.84p with diesel at 125.43p, whereas at the start of the year petrol was 130.79p a litre and diesel was 138.24p, the spokesman said.

In June this year a barrel of crude reached a 2014 high of 115.36 dollars – and the highest price since September last year – but since then it has fallen dramatically, to a price yesterday of 68.59 dollars.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “The tumbling oil price, coupled with a pound that is still strong against the dollar, have led to a phenomenon that many motorists are pretty unfamiliar with – falling pump prices.

“The forecast reduction that retailers should be passing on is the biggest the RAC has seen in recent years, even since petrol began to come down from its record high of 142.48p a litre on 17 April 2012 (diesel 147.93p – 13 April 2012).

“Retailers now have a very reasonable record on transparent pricing so we have no reason to believe that they will not pass on the savings in the wholesale price, we just urge them to do it sooner rather than later to make the point very clearly to motorists that they operate a fair pricing system.

“If they do, we could well see petrol pump prices fall by well over 7p a litre in the next few weeks and diesel by almost 6p a litre.”

With this kind of drop in national average prices, motorists would be expected to see some very low petrol prices – perhaps under 110p a litre from retailers who pride themselves on having the lowest prices, he said.

And he added: “At a petrol price of 114p a litre, motorists would be saving over £9 (£71.93 down to £62.70) on filling up an average 55-litre family car compared to the beginning of the year; £10 for a diesel at 120p a litre (£76.03 down to £66).

“This will be very welcome news just in time for Christmas when household budgets are really stretched. It should also be another boost for business as it will lower operating costs substantially.

“While motorists are enjoying much lower forecourt prices, it’s important to recognise that they will always be limited by fuel duty, which represents nearly 58p in every litre, and VAT which is charged on top, at around 20p a litre.

“A driver filling up a 55-litre petrol car at 114p a litre would therefore pay £62.70 of which £31.87p would be duty, £10.45 VAT and only £20.38 for the fuel itself.”

Published: Saturday 6th December 2014 by The News Editor

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