Price of filling up the average family car with petrol could reach staggering £100 today


Price of filling up the average family car with petrol could reach staggering £100 today after cost of a litre hit 180.7p in biggest daily rise since 2005

  • Litre of petrol cost average of 180.7p yesterday after surging by 2.2p in 24 hours
  • It was the largest daily increase in 17 years, with a similar boost possible today
  • Fuming drivers have already been forced to pay more than £2 at some forecourts

The average cost of filling a typical family car with petrol could exceed £100 for the first time today, as the war in Ukraine and supply chain issues continue to drive up wholesale prices.

Data firm Experian Catalist said a litre of petrol reached an average of 180.7p on Tuesday, representing an increase of 2.2p compared with the previous day – the biggest daily jump in price since 2005, according to the RAC. 

A similar increase on Wednesday would take the average cost of a full tank for a 55-litre family car to a new record of more than £100. 

The average cost for today will be published tomorrow morning. 

It comes as fuming drivers are already being forced to pay more than £2 per litre for both petrol and diesel. 

The never-before-seen prices have led the RAC to declare a ‘national fuel crisis’, warning that the 200p threshold could soon become the norm for much of the country, at a time when Brits are already struggling through the cost of living crisis and a 9% inflation rate. 

Fed-up motorists have taken to social media to share the shocking figures quoted by their local garages. 

One road user in Widnes, Cheshire, today reported the price of unleaded at one garage soaring by 20p per litre – to 195.9p – in the space of week, branding the surge ‘daylight and night-time robbery.’ 

Among the most outrageous was a BP garage on the A1 near Sunderland, which was selling a litre of unleaded and diesel for 202.9p and 204.9p respectively.  

Unleaded petrol reached 197.9p per litre at a Texaco petrol station on Christchurch Road in Ringwood, Hampshire, on Wednesday as prices continue to soar across the country

Unleaded petrol reached 197.9p per litre at a Texaco petrol station on Christchurch Road in Ringwood, Hampshire, on Wednesday as prices continue to soar across the country

A petrol station in Berkshire is selling unleaded for 186.9p per litre

A petrol station in Berkshire is selling unleaded for 186.9p per litre

SUNDERLAND: The 200p per litre threshold has already been breached at forecourts across the country. This BP garage at the Washington services on the A1 was selling unleaded and diesel for 202.9p and 204.9p respectively on Tuesday

SUNDERLAND: The 200p per litre threshold has already been breached at forecourts across the country. This BP garage at the Washington services on the A1 was selling unleaded and diesel for 202.9p and 204.9p respectively on Tuesday 

Van drivers forced to turn down work due spiralling fuel costs – with some of the burden being passed onto customers  

Almost a quarter of van drivers (24%) have turned down job opportunities because petrol prices mean certain jobs are not cost effective.

Research from MoneySuperMarket reveals how people using vans for work purposes are among the hardest hit. The data shows van users are now paying on average £2,427 more annually to fuel their vehicles to carry out paid jobs.

Consumers are experiencing the knock-on effect of this as businesses are forced to put prices up to cover their costs. 

Over half (53%) of businesses that are reliant on vans said they have increased their prices. Others have started building mileage charges into the prices consumers pay (14%).

Some are having to go to extreme lengths to make certain jobs viable, with 16% of van drivers using the family car for work because it’s cheaper to fill up.

The van shortage is also driving many to use their family car for work purposes, as almost one fifth (18%) say it’s the only way to get themselves and their tools to the job when they can’t get the van they need.

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A Gulf petrol garage in Essex and another forecourt on the M6 in Cumbria were also selling fuel for more than £2-per-litre. 

It came as petrol prices set a new average record of 178.5p per litre this morning after soaring by 0.6p in just 24 hours.

The cost of diesel also surged to an average price of 185.2p per litre. It is the largest weekly increase for both fuels since March.

Some businesses are already feeling the strain, with freight companies reporting that the cost of running one lorry is already up £20,000 on last year, leaving the haulage industry ‘in crisis.’ 

One small business owner in Manchester told MailOnline how his fuel costs have surged over the past 12 months. 

Jon Randles, director of Proteger Protect, a stone and render cleaning firm, said: ‘Our cheapest for diesel is Tesco at £1.76.9. Unfortunately we have some local garages who seem to think nothing of passing on the discounts that have recently taken effect. 

‘Our local Shell is charging an eye watering £1.89.9!’

He added: ‘As a small business owner filling up my van three times a week and using diesel for my equipment, my weekly fuel costs are now in excess of £600 a week.’

He added: ‘Although I am still very busy with work, with the impact of rising fuel, raw materials and external services I require to run my business it is getting very hard indeed to make a living. 

‘Prior to Covid I had three vans on the road and was trying to expand… unfortunately when work ceased for almost six months with the lockdowns I had to make some difficult decisions and scaled everything back. 

‘As a business it’ll take me a few years to get back on track (or at least it would under normal circumstances). 

‘But I fear with no end in sight to rising costs, the uncertainty of any small business nowadays feels like a day to day survival….rather than a well planned operation with a defined business strategy.’ 

WALES: Motorists complained of eye-watering prices at forecourts across the country on Tuesday, including 197.9p per litre of unleaded at a Texaco garage in Wales (pictured) - which was more expensive than the diesel, on offer at 194.9p

WALES: Motorists complained of eye-watering prices at forecourts across the country on Tuesday, including 197.9p per litre of unleaded at a Texaco garage in Wales (pictured) – which was more expensive than the diesel, on offer at 194.9p

SHREWSBURY: One MailOnline reader was shocked to see petrol at £1.979 per litre at the Thieves Lane garage in Shropshire. They told MailOnline: 'I hadn't checked as it was 30p less last week and I assumed it was the same price, I was horrified when I realised... Thieves Land indeed!'

SHREWSBURY: One MailOnline reader was shocked to see petrol at £1.979 per litre at the Thieves Lane garage in Shropshire. They told MailOnline: ‘I hadn’t checked as it was 30p less last week and I assumed it was the same price, I was horrified when I realised… Thieves Land indeed!’ 

Motorists have complained of eye-watering prices elsewhere, including 197.9p per litre of unleaded at a Texaco garage in Wales – which was more expensive than the diesel, on offer at 194.9p. 

Meanwhile, a forecourt in Fontwell, West Sussex, was selling diesel for 191.9p per litre, while one motorist in Southampton reported a price of 194.9p.

Another driver said she was shocked to see petrol at 1.979p per litre at the Thieves Lane garage in Shropshire. 

She told MailOnline: ‘I hadn’t checked as it was 30p less last week and I assumed it was the same price, I was horrified when I realised… Thieves Land indeed!’ 

The RAC had already warned that ‘frightening’ petrol prices will exceed an average of 180p per litre this week in what it described as a ‘national fuel crisis’. 

The motoring body called for ‘radical government intervention’ after figures from data firm Experian Catalist showed petrol prices soared by nearly 6p per litre over the half-term school holiday.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: ‘The cost of filling a 55-litre family car with petrol has now topped £98 for the first time in history as a result of a litre hitting a new all-time high of 178.5p on Monday. 

‘Diesel also rose to yet another record by reaching 185.2p which takes the cost of a tank to £101.86.

‘With analysts predicting that oil will average $135 a barrel for the rest of this year drivers need to brace themselves for average fuel prices rocketing to £2 a litre which would mean a fill-up would rise to an unbelievable £110.

‘The oil price is rising due to increased demand for fuel across the world as China eases its Covid restrictions and America and Europe go into the peak summer driving season. 

‘All this combined with a weaker pound at $1.2 means wholesale fuel costs more for retailers to buy.’ 

He added: ‘The wholesale price of diesel is fast approaching 160p a litre which, when you add 7p retailer margin and 20% VAT, would take the pump price over the £2 mark.

STOKE-ON-TRENT: The price of diesel is 193.9 while unleaded petrol is 186.9 at a Shell petrol station near Stoke-on-Trent

STOKE-ON-TRENT: The price of diesel is 193.9 while unleaded petrol is 186.9 at a Shell petrol station near Stoke-on-Trent

Unknown forecourt in the UK shows diesel being sold at 199.9p per litre

Unknown forecourt in the UK shows diesel being sold at 199.9p per litre

‘We strongly urge the Government to take drastic action to help soften the impact for drivers from these never-before-seen pump prices.’

Lesley O’Brien, director of Freight Link Europe, told the BBC’s Today programme: ‘This certainly is a crisis as we’ve seen fuel prices escalate over the last year by 50 per cent and no sight of a stop, so we absolutely as an industry need to keep on top of this.

‘As a country we need to understand we need to support our transport industry which is the infrastructure of the whole economy.’ 

Ms O’Brien said fuel was a third of her business’ running costs, adding that the cost of running a lorry has increased from around £41,000 to more than £61,000 since last year. 

She said her company added a fuel surcharge to its bills, to cover fluctuating prices.

She added: ‘But never before has it been so high,’ she said. ‘As an example, to run one of my artic vehicles is now costing me £20,000 more per year than in did last year.’

The RAC had earlier demanded more action from the Government following the 5p-per-litre cut in fuel duty implemented in March.

Spokesperson Mr Williams said: ‘A litre of unleaded is now a frightening 177.88p while diesel is 185p, an increase of 2p already this month.

Motorists blast the rising cost of fuel, with one reporting 194.9p per litre of diesel in Southampton

Motorists blast the rising cost of fuel, with one reporting 194.9p per litre of diesel in Southampton 

‘With oil now above 120 US dollars a barrel and sterling still at 1.2 US dollars, worse is still to come.

‘Sadly, we expect to see the average price of petrol break through the 180p mark this week, with diesel moving further towards 190p.

‘More radical government intervention is urgently needed, whether that’s in the form of a further reduction in fuel duty or a VAT cut.

‘As it is, drivers surely won’t be able to cope unless something is done to help.

‘This is fast becoming a national crisis for the country’s 32 million car drivers as well as countless businesses.’

AA fuel price spokesman Luke Bosdet said: ‘Shock and awe is the only way to describe what has been happening at the pump during the half-term break.

‘Little wonder that nearly half of drivers stayed at home for the Jubilee extended bank holiday.

‘The forces behind the surge have been oil jumping back above 120 US dollars a barrel for the first time since late March, combined with petrol commodity prices being boosted by summer motoring demand.’

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