Fuel prices: The average cost to refuel a family car is over £100

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June 9, 2022, 09:33 | Updated: June 9, 2022, 12:04 PM

Fuel prices have skyrocketed again, meaning the average family car’s refill has topped £100.

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The average cost of recharging a typical family car has topped £100 for the first time, with motorists expressing anger at being charged twice at the pump.

Data firm Experian Catalist revealed the grim price of 182.3 pa liter was hit on Wednesday as the country grapples with a cost of living crisis.

That was an increase of 1.6p from Tuesday, and means a typical 55-litre family car now costs £100.27 to fill up on average.

During this time, the diesel reached a record 188.1 pa liter on average.

The RAC said it was a “really gloomy day” for drivers.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “It’s a really dark day today for drivers whose petrol is now crossing the very depressing £100 per tank (£100.27) threshold. A full tank of diesel now costs £103.43.

“With average prices so high – 182.31p for a liter of unleaded and 188.05p for diesel – there will almost certainly be upward inflationary pressure, which is bad news for everyone.

“As fuel prices set new records daily, households across the country may never have expected to see the cost of filling an average-sized family car hit triple digits.”

He said drivers would wonder if Chancellor Rishi Sunak would provide further assistance to motorists.

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“The 5p cut in fuel tax in March now looks paltry, as wholesale petrol prices have already risen five times that amount since the spring declaration (25p),” he said.

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The average price of unleaded fuel has risen sharply.

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“A further reduction in customs duties or a temporary reduction in VAT would go a long way to helping drivers, especially those on low incomes who have no choice but to drive.”

Drivers have expressed anger at being taxed twice at the pump as they shell out 53p on every litre, but VAT is also levied on the total bill.

Gordon Balmer of the Fuel Retailers Association said the government should consider further fuel tax and VAT cuts.

One furious motorist wrote: ‘The Government must take immediate action on fuel prices in this country. £2 a liter cripples the whole economy. There should be an immediate fuel tax cut to counter the cost fuel when there is so much uncertainty.”

Another posted online: “A temporary reduction in fuel tax to 20% and a reduction in VAT to 15% would reduce the cost of fuel by 22%. Saving about 41 pence on a 1.88 liter petrol. In turn, bring prices back to those paid in Dec 2021. Tories rake while others suffer!”

A third posted a picture after paying £100 for 56 liters of petrol, writing: ‘Of my £100 • £16.67 is VAT • £32.74 is Fuel Tax • 35, £84 to wholesaler • £9.71 biofuel content • £3.92 to retailer • £1.12 delivery charge Almost £50 in tax!”

It comes as leveling secretary Michael Gove admitted the government’s 5p fuel tax cut had been ‘completely’ wiped out by soaring prices.

Gasoline prices are soaring

Gasoline prices are skyrocketing.

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He told LBC’s Nick Ferrari over breakfast: “I’m not denying for a moment the pressures that households face, they’re very real and the government can help, but when we’re faced with the kind of problems we have in the energy market following the war in Ukraine, so it’s very difficult for everyone.”

But he insisted Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak wanted to ease the burden on Britons as they faced soaring prices and bills amid the cost of living crisis.

Mr Gove said: ‘The Chancellor and Prime Minister want and will introduce tax cuts, but the Chancellor would kill me if I announced anything before him.’

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But he said the government still needs the fuel tax to pay for utilities.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased the cost of oil, which had a ripple effect on the price at the pump.

It continues to soar due to rising fuel demand across the globe, with China easing Covid restrictions while the US and Europe enter peak summer driving season.

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