UK diesel fuel duty ‘high­est in all Europe’

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY STEPHEN HAY­WARD Con­sumer Cor­re­spon­dent

PHILIP Ham­mond faces a new row over rip-off pump prices as fig­ures re­veal UK driv­ers pay the high­est diesel fuel duty in Europe.

With VAT at 20 per cent in­cluded, only Swedes, Bel­gians and Ital­ians fork out more for diesel, said the RAC. Its find­ings come as the cost of fill­ing up in the UK hits a four-year high.

Duty for both petrol and diesel has been frozen at 57.95p a litre since 2011.

But as oil prices surge, petrol has risen to av­er­age £1.30 and diesel £1.34.

Cam­paign­ers fear more hikes af­ter the Chan­cel­lor hinted his au­tumn Bud­get may lift the duty freeze to help fund an NHS boost.

RAC fuel spokesman Si­mon Wil­liams said: “It’s not a time for him to con­sider end­ing the freeze.”

PRICEY Diesel is £1.34 a litre

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