Petrol prices are rising again, the AA said today, despite cheaper oil and the deepening recession.
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The motoring group said diesel has once again topped the £1 a litre mark, and that unleaded fuel now costs an average of 90.1p a litre.
This means the cost of unleaded has risen by more than 4p a litre since January 6, when prices hit their lowest point this year.
The AA is concerned retailers are allowing fuel prices to rise because they no longer have the pre-Christmas incentive of luring in shoppers.
AA president Edmund King said: ‘After the dramatic drops in pump prices at the end of last year, it may seem unreasonable to criticise the new rise in prices, particularly when current prices are way below those in February 2008.
‘However, the global economy is in recession, the price of oil is 40% lower than when petrol cost 90p a litre in March 2007, and the pound has strengthened in recent days.’
He added: ‘The AA is once again receiving calls from drivers asking why prices are going up and the media in areas like Northern Ireland and Scotland are again reporting motorist anger.’
To help keep you moving through the recession, Which? has put together a guide to finding the cheapest fuel.
If you want to see whether you could save cash in the long run by switching to a car with a diesel engine, check out our petrol v diesel calculator.
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