Campaigners demand Boris Johnson cuts ‘scandalous’ fuel price & ends ‘anti-motorist plans’

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According to RAC Fuel Watch, a litre of petrol will currently set drivers back 145.99p, with diesel costing 149.20p per litre. While both fuels are expected to continually fall in price, costs are much higher than they were at the end of 2020.

Filling up the average 55-litre family car now costs over £16 more than 2020’s festive season.

The FairFuelUK Campaign claims that 18 million drivers on the road this Christmas will be “fleeced” by almost £2billion.

They say this is attributed to wholesale falls in petrol and diesel where the savings have “failed to pass onto” the UK’s 37 million drivers.

Because of this, FairFuelUK and a number of MPs and other campaigners are calling on the Government to set up an independent pump price monitoring body to protect consumers.

Craig Mackinlay MP, Chair of the APPG for Fair Fuel for Motorists and Hauliers, spoke of the need to protect drivers.

He said: “Sadly, the Government’s efforts to work with the fuel industry so that pump prices are competitive, and market driven, ensuring consumers benefit from lower prices, is not working.

“The reality is that motorists are now paying £16 per tank more than last year and nearly £2billion of falls in the wholesale price have not been passed onto hard-pressed motorists at the pumps.

“This is bad for the economy, bad for inflation, bad for business and bad for jobs.

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“That’s why we need to introduce an independent pump pricing watchdog.”

Ninety percent of FairFuelUK’s 1.7 million supporters have called for a “PumpWatch” to be created, similar to how Ofgem, Ofcom and Ofwat operate.

Howard Cox, founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign, also spoke of the need for greater protections, especially with other household bills going up in price.

He said: “The AA and the RAC have at last, woken up to the scandalous high pump prices generated unnecessarily by greedy wholesalers and fuel brokers.

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