Fuel in Wok­ing­ham higher than av­er­age

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By JOHN WAKE­FIELD

WOK­ING­HAM mo­torists are pay­ing 6p a litre more for diesel than the na­tional av­er­age.

And as the coun­try faces the worst in­crease in fuel prices for at least 18 years, a pres­sure group is calling for an in­de­pen­dent price mon­i­tor­ing body to be launched.

Re­search by the RAC re­vealed that the av­er­age price of a litre of un­leaded rose by 6p a litre dur­ing May, to 129.41p, while diesel rose to 132.39p per litre. The av­er­age price in the South East is 129.83p for un­leaded and 132.73p for diesel.

The RAC added that its Fuel Watch data also shows the av­er­age prices of both petrol and diesel have gone up ev­ery sin­gle day since April 22, adding 8p a litre in the process – the longest sus­tained price in­crease since March 2015.

How­ever, bor­ough mo­torists have been hit even more: a litre of un­leaded has been ris­ing to lev­els higher than the na­tional av­er­age. On Tues­day, a litre of un­leaded was 134.9p and diesel 138.9p at the Shell garage on Read­ing Road, Wok­ing­ham – 5p and 6p more than the na­tional av­er­age.

On May 12, a litre of un­leaded was 128.9p and diesel 133.9p at the BP on Read­ing Road.

And to show how much the costs have risen in such a short space of time, on April 2, the av­er­age price of a litre of un­leaded was 120.46p, while diesel was 123.08p.

Of this, fuel duty is 57.95p a litre and there is VAT on top of the to­tal price.

RAC fuel spokesman Si­mon Wil­liams said: “May was a hellish month for mo­torists. Sadly, they have been be­sieged by pump price rises for three months with nearly 9p a litre be­ing added to petrol since the be­gin­ning of March.

“In the last week of May the oil price cooled a lit­tle to $76 a bar­rel which is slightly better news for mo­torists as the RAC’s two-week forecast is cur­rently show­ing that av­er­age prices may even re­duce by a penny or so.

“While this isn’t much, and could eas­ily change in re­sponse to oil trad­ing this week, it is at least a sign that the rise in fore­court prices may have stopped for the time be­ing.”

In re­sponse, the FairFuelUK Cam­paign felt that the time was right for an in­de­pen­dent reg­u­la­tor to come for­ward.

They ar­gue that cur­rent pump prices are 1-2p per litre more than they need be, de­spite es­ca­lat­ing oil costs and the weaker pound. They also feel that mo­torists are be­ing ex­ploited as a re­sult.

Howard Cox, Founder of the FairFuelUK Cam­paign, told The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per: “Re­ports from FairFuelUK sup­port­ers are show­ing that in some cases, garages have put up prices three to four times in May, when fuel fore­court own­ers have only paid for one to two de­liv­er­ies of bulk fuel in the same month.

“How can that be fair, or even hon­est?

“With un­leaded pump prices rang­ing from 127p to 141p in a 10-mile ra­dius of Wok­ing­ham, driv­ers are left clue­less as to know how the price of fill­ing up is cal­cu­lated by the unchecked op­por­tunis­tic prof­i­teer­ing busi­ness in the fuel sup­ply chain.

“It’s time the Govern­ment set up an in­de­pen­dent price mon­i­tor­ing body to make pric­ing changes trans­par­ent.”

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