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The price of petrol has soared to a new record high just as the great Christmas getaway begins – with even more pain in the pipeline for Britain’s 33million drivers. The average price has risen from last week’s record of 121.76p a litre to 122.14p. It means it is now selling at the equivalent of £5.55 a gallon. UK petrol car owners are now spending £8 million a day more on fuel than a year ago.
The AA urged the Government to scrap the scheduled 1p a litre tax rise in January – and the automatic annual ‘inflation plus 1p’ fuel duty hike – while global prices are so high. It has accused oil giants and fuel retailers of ‘profiteering’ against a background of rising wholesale fuel and oil prices – charges they deny.
The increases mean that, compared with this time last year, the cost of filling an average family car with a 50-litre petrol tank has risen from £54.26 to £61.07. And for a two-car family, the monthly cost of petrol has risen from £230.41 a year ago to £259.35.
Prices at motorway service stations are as high as 129.9p – or a whopping £5.90½ per gallon. Diesel ranges from 124.9p to 132.9p – or £6.04 a gallon.