MOTORISTS across the UK are now paying more than £1 a litre for petrol.
A survey by price comparison website PetrolPrices.com showed that not a single filling station in the country is selling unleaded fuel for less than £1 a litre.
The average price for a litre of unleaded is now 107.1 – confirming fears that since the average price first hit £1 a litre on November 6 last year, prices will continue to rise.
The lowest price across the country has now risen to 102.9p per litre. In March, 2007, a litre of unleaded cost 88p – meaning a rise of almost 20p in a year.
Chris Stern, of Paddock-based petrol retailer CJ Stern (Oils) Ltd, said: “Prices are creeping up nationally all the time. It is pretty much the trend.”
A survey of 25 filling stations in and around Huddersfield by the watchdog PetrolPrices.com showed the average price of unleaded fuel is now 105.1.
The highest price was recorded at 106.9, with five stations selling at the lowest price of 103.9.
They were the Jet stations in Lockwood and Paddock, the Shell station at Marsh, the Esso station at Reinwood and the Asda filling station.
Mr Stern said: “Traditionally, as we move into spring and summer, demand for petrol increases in the USA. With their economic problems, it will be interesting to see if they buy as much as usual or tighten their belts. That is the unknown factor over the next few months.”
Speaking about the latest UK prices, Brendan McLoughlin, managing director of PetrolPrices.com, said: “This is just another landmark which highlights how much the cost of motoring has risen.
“It was only a few months ago we were up in arms about the possibility of £1 a litre, now we can’t buy petrol at that price even if we wanted to.”
Mr LcLoughlin predicted: “Prices will hit £1.50 a litre this year, which will be disastrous for inflation and the economy in general.
“When fuel prices rise, so does the cost of food and other goods, so it’s vital that the price of fuel is reduced. The Chancellor delayed the 2p fuel duty rise in the 2008 budget, but he should have scrapped it altogether for the sake of the economy.”
The survey showed that diesel has risen even more sharply than unleaded – up 23.4p to 115.2p a litre against 91.8p a year ago.