Currently reading: Outrage as fuel prices surge while wholesale cost drops
AA and RAC call on retailers to reflect lowered buying costs and demand government slashes fuel duty

Petrol prices in the UK rose at their fastest rate on record in June, despite the wholesale cost of fuel dropping by 10p per litre over the course of the month. 

Fuel stations are now charging on average 16.59p more per litre for petrol than they did at the end of May, with a litre priced at 191.43p, up from 174.84p; while the price of diesel has risen by 15.62p, from 183.43p to 199.05p per litre.

This means the cost to fill up a 55-litre family car, such as an Audi A3 or a BMW 3 Series, with petrol is £105.29. This has shot up by £9.12 in a month – the equivalent of 30p every day.

For diesel owners, filling up the same sized tank costs £109.48, which is £8.59 more than at the start of the month.

At the start of this year, petrol cost 145.55p and diesel 148.75p.

Yet the AA says the wholesale cost of petrol started falling after the Jubilee weekend (2-5 June), when prices hit $128.85 (£107.87) per 160-litre barrel.

Since then, it has been down at least 5p a litre for more than a fortnight, having ended last week 10p down on the record highs of early June. 

As reported, rising wholesale costs had been caused by a combination of increased demand for oil and concerns over supply because of the war in Ukraine.

“It's an outrage, plain and simple, that the fuel trade could be slashing petrol prices as the nation heads towards the holiday season but isn’t,” said Luke Bosdet, the AA’s fuel-price spokesman.

The AA and the RAC have called on retailers to cut prices to reflect lower wholesale costs and again demanded that the government slash fuel duty, which currently accounts for around 85p per litre. 

Back in March, chancellor Rishi Sunak cut fuel duty by 5p per litre, but the RAC has now said that more needs to be done, with the average price of unleaded now 26.84p per litre higher than the day after March’s fuel duty cut was announced (164.59p). This, it added, makes the cost of a full tank £14.77 more expensive. The average cost of a litre of diesel is 20.92p more.

“The rate at which pump prices have been rising over the last four weeks is hard to comprehend,” said RAC spokesman Simon Williams. 

“Not a day in June went by when petrol prices didn’t go up, even though the price retailers pay to buy in fuel went down. There’s no doubt that drivers are getting an incredibly raw deal at the pumps at a time when the cost-of-living crisis is being felt ever more acutely.

Back to top

"We badly need the government to go beyond just vague words and instead actually implement a clear package of financial support to show they’re on the side of drivers.”

In May, MPs were involved in a highly charged debate over slashing fuel duty by 40% for two years in a bid to halt the rising costs.

Brought to Parliament by Tonia Antoniazzi, Labour MP for Gower in Wales, it followed a petition signed by more than 100,000 people calling for a reduction in fuel duty.

Antoniazzi said: "There has been the most derisory of efforts to help drivers. For me, that's symptomatic of a government who have no idea about the impact that the cost-of-living crisis is having on people across the country: rising home-energy prices, food prices rocketing and the cost of fuel at a record high."

Join the debate

Add a comment…
Andrew1 6 July 2022
Outrage as Britons discover capitalism.
Cobnapint 6 July 2022
The post Covid profiteering bandwagon is part of the problem. It's payback time, and we're the ones paying it back - lost revenue.
Everybody everywhere is finding an excuse to put prices up. It's a joke.
And while we're on the subject of jokes, isn't it time the retailers grew up and stop pricing every litre with 0.9p on the end.
Who's kidding who here....?
catnip 6 July 2022

And the increased VAT revenue is coming in very handy to compensate the government for its various Covid financial measures too..

scotty5 6 July 2022

Outrage? I'm not seeing any evidence of outrage.

As for reducing fuel tax, everyone but seemingly the AA and RAC knows what will happen - the fuel companies will increase their prices and keep the tax.

If we seriously want to reduce prices then there has to be a whole new approach to the way we collect fuel duty. Read the other day some countries you pay for your fuel and then seperately for tax -  so if the fuel cost + tax was listed on your receipt then it's be more difficult for fuel companies to pocket any tax reduction.  Seems better than the way we operate at present.