Scot­tish mo­torists gouged at petrol pumps

Sunday Herald - - NEWS -

SCOT­LAND has the high­est petrol prices in the UK. New fig­ures show that in Scot­land the low­est pump price is higher than the na­tional av­er­age for the en­tire UK.

The av­er­age avail­able price of fuel in Scot­land is es­ti­mated at 121.6p per litre, well above the over­all UK av­er­age of 116.4p per litre. The high­est price in Scot­land is 130.9p per litre. The low­est avail­able price is 118.9p.

Fig­ures also show that Scot­land of­fers mo­torists fewer fill­ing sta­tions, mean­ing shop­ping around for cheaper fuel is more dif­fi­cult than in the rest of the UK. In some ar­eas, in­clud­ing parts of Perthshire and South La­nark­shire, there is just one other petrol sta­tion within a fivemile ra­dius — leav­ing driv­ers in Scot­land with lit­tle op­tion other than to fill up on over­priced fuel.

The re­search comes from the break­down ser­vice, Green Flag.

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesper­son said: “The UK Gov­ern­ment has the abil­ity to ease the bur­den on mo­torists, as two-thirds of petrol and diesel prices are com­prised of the taxes they levy. This in­crease on mo­torists comes at a time when Scot­tish house­holds are al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creas­ing squeezes on their spend­ing power.”

Driv­ers in Scot­land pay more to stay on the move Pho­to­graph: Chris James

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