MOTORISTS in Huddersfield have slammed the hike in petrol prices.
Many are beginning to feel the pinch after a dramatic increase in fuel costs.
Sainsbury’s is currently charging £108.9 for a litre of unleaded petrol.
Asda at Fartown is charging £108.7, also for a litre of unleaded.
Petrol prices look set to rise to a record high of £1.10 per litre, with experts predicting costs will go up to £1.50 by 2009.
Dave Hinchliffe, 33, from Lindley, works for a building firm.
He said: “I need my van everyday so I really feel the petrol hike more than anyone.
“I costs about £50 to fill the tank now, which is a lot considering I remember it cost about half that when I first started driving a decade ago.
“I’d understand it more if the petrol companies were breaking even, but they’re making billion pound profits.
“Motorists are the easy option to pick on now everyone is jumping on the green bandwagon.”
Marie Palin, a mother of one from Bradley, uses public transport.
She said: “Even though it’s nowhere near as convenient as having a car, I just can’t afford to fork out for the cost of having a car, paying petrol, road tax and maintenance every year.”
Solicitor Linda Evans drives a Ford Focus.
She said: “Compared to Europe motorists here are hit for every last penny we have.
“We pay more for cars, more for petrol and even parking, everything about running a car is overly expensive.
“Us motorists are just one big cash cow.
“But saying that I can’t imagine I’d ever give up my car for a bus.”
Taxi driver Mohammed Hussain, 45, from Fartown added: “I have to drive to make my living so I have no choice but to pay the high costs.
“When I first started four years ago I think I could fill my car up for about £30, now it is closer to £40.
“It’s a struggle not to then pass that on to the fare [payer] but we all have to make ends meet.”
Environmentally-friendly Jen Gardner from Dewsbury hopes the petrol price increase will encourage more people to use public transport.
The shop-worker said: “I don’t drive and never have, but I do think that are too many cars on the roads.
“People use them to pop down to the shops, which is a total waste when they could walk.
“I know a lot of people will suffer money-wise, but buses and trains aren’t that bad so maybe they could try them out if petrol is too much.”
Based on figures by watchdog uSwitch, British motorists are now paying an average of £61 to fill a tank.
The figure is up from £49 in 2007 – a rise of 25%.
If their predictions of £1.50 a litre are correct, it will mean a further rise of 37% in petrol prices.
In 1988 it cost the owner of a Ford Fiesta £15.62 to fill up. In 2007 the price had increased to £39.56. By the end of this year and into next year it could rise to £67.50.
The owner of a Mercedes could see their petrol bill increase to £93 by 2009, up from £21 in 1988.