The average cost of a litre of petrol rose by almost 5p between mid-May and mid-June, the AA said on Thursday – the second highest monthly increase ever.
A litre of unleaded petrol now costs an average of 102.66p, compared with 97.68p just one month ago.
The AA said the 4.98p-a-litre increase is exceeded only by the 5.61p monthly increase endured by drivers between mid-May and mid-June last year.
Rising petrol prices
AA president Edmund King said: ‘At a time of recession, seeing petrol prices rise almost as fast as they did last summer is a bitter pill for UK drivers to swallow – many of whom have lost their jobs, had their pay frozen or have seen savings income collapse with falling interest rates.
‘As higher fuel prices siphon money out of their pocket and undermine their ability to spend on the high street, to the average UK driver this is looking like another summer of petrol price madness.
‘If we continue to see fuel prices at these levels the Chancellor should abandon all plans for the 2p tax increase in September as that would further dent economic recovery.’
Cheapest petrol and diesel
The average price of diesel has risen 1.36p since mid-May 2009 and is now 104.85p a litre. East Anglia is home to the most expensive diesel (105.5p a litre), while the cheapest (104.1p) can be found in the north west of England and Yorkshire/Humberside.
Petrol is most expensive in the south west of England and Northern Ireland (at 103.2p a litre), and cheapest in northern England (102.3p).
For tips on finding the cheapest petrol, diesel and LPG in your area, check out our guide to cutting your fuel bills. You can also see how easy it is to use less fuel with this guide to greener motoring.
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