Petrol prices hit all-time high as drivers report E10 fuel issues – ‘blatant dishonesty’

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According to the RAC, petrol prices in the UK on Sunday hit a record high, an increase of almost 30p a year. Diesel prices hit 146.5p a litre on Sunday, just 1.43p less than its previous high.

The record high fuel prices came in April 2012, when a litre of petrol cost 142.38p and 148.2p for a litre of diesel.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “This is truly a dark day for drivers, and one which we hoped we wouldn’t see again after the high prices of April 2012.

“This will hurt many household budgets and no doubt have knock-on implications for the wider economy.

“The big question now is: where will it stop and what price will petrol hit?

“If oil gets to $100 a barrel, we could very easily see the average price climb to 150p a litre.”

These prices are a far cry from April 2020 when some drivers saw petrol prices around £1 per litre at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown. 

The RAC acknowledged that the introduction of E10 fuel onto forecourts did have an impact on the price of fuel.

This was also coupled with the shortages many drivers faced at the end of September and start of October which saw drivers queuing for petrol.

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Drivers have reported over the past weeks about the impact E10 petrol has had on their car, with some reporting that it has worsened their mileage. reader Prometheus commented: “So it reduces emissions but also reduces the mileage per tankful.

“So people need to buy more fuel to do that same distance so actually putting the emission right back to where they were before.

“Typical Government thinking just like 20mph zones where if you drive slower emissions are lower.

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