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‘Dark day for drivers’ as it now costs £100 to fill car with petrol

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Pump prices have been breaking records every day this week and the cost to fill up an average family car with petrol has now breached £100.

The average price of petrol has reached 182.31p per litre, a near 2p rise from 180.73p recorded in the previous day. This is a record daily jump last seen 17 years ago.

As such, it means filling up the average 55-litre family car with petrol has now crossed a “thoroughly depressing threshold” of three digits, at £100.27, according to The RAC.

Over the course of May, petrol drivers saw prices rise by 11p per litre.

For diesel drivers, the average price has increased from 186.57p per litre, to 188.05p per litre. This means filling up the average tank now costs £103.43.

RAC fuel spokesperson, Simon Williams, said: “While fuel prices have been setting new records on a daily basis, households up and down the country may never have expected to see the cost of filling an average-sized family car reach three figures.

“With RAC research showing as many as eight-in-10 depend on their cars many must be wondering if any further financial support from the government will be forthcoming. March’s 5p fuel duty cut now looks paltry as wholesale petrol costs have already increased by five-times that amount since the Spring Statement (25p).”

Williams said that a further duty cut or a temporary reduction in VAT would “go a long way towards helping drivers, especially those on lower incomes who have no choice other than to drive”.

He added: “It’s also important to remember that the government is still benefitting from the high fuel prices by taking around 30p in VAT from every litre sold. This compares to just 25p before Russia invaded Ukraine. On top of this, the government is still collecting 53p fuel duty from every litre.

“Other price records were also unfortunately set on Wednesday as the average of a litre of unleaded at a supermarket jumped 2.5p to 175.91p while diesel increased by nearly 2p to 184.13p. As we expected, other supermarkets raised their prices yesterday in line with the increases made by Asda.”

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