DRIVERS aren't happy as the price of an average tank of fuel in Britain hits the £100 mark for the first time.
It's not just the general public that are up in arms – some of the biggest businesses in motoring have had enough too.
Edmund King, AA president, said: “Enough is enough. The government must act urgently to reduce the record fuel prices which are crippling the lives of those on lower incomes, rural areas and businesses.
“A fuel price stabiliser is a fair means for the Treasury to help regulate the pump price but alongside this they need to bring in more fuel price transparency to stop the daily rip-offs at the pumps.
"The £100 tank is not sustainable with the general cost of living crisis so the underlying issues need to be addressed urgently.”
The RAC has also waded in, giving its opinion on the situation.
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RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “It’s a truly dark day today for drivers with petrol now crossing the thoroughly depressing threshold of £100 a tank (£100.27p).
"A complete diesel fill-up now costs £103.43.
“With average prices so high – 182.31p for a litre of unleaded and 188.05p for diesel – there’s almost certainly going to be upward inflationary pressure which is bad news for everybody.
“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."
A recent AA poll has shown that 2% of low-income households will have to sell their car and not replace it, while 23% of low-income drivers are buying less fuel for their car and 11% are now using public transport instead.
Luke Bosdet, the AA’s fuel price spokesman said: "The more than 8p-a-litre leap in average petrol costs over a week has been a huge shock but at least, for now, the threat of the £2-a-litre average on forecourts has receded.”
“Meanwhile, the Government indicated that it was listening to the AA’s call for the type of price transparency that has spurred competition in Northern Ireland, and has driven fairer pump prices on the Continent for years.”
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We are continuing to look at all possible options. Transparency may have an important role to play.
“It is important the public understand what actions each of the fuel retailers are taking and so we are considering what further options we can take in this area.”
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