Cost Of Filling Up Average Family Car Rises By £3

Thu 2nd May 2019

Petrol prices have risen by record levels in April, the second highest monthly rise since 2000, with retailers ensuring drivers feel the pinch on forecourts.

The price of an unleaded litre of petrol rose by 5.44p according to data from the RAC Fuel Watch survey, the average price of a litre now 128.06p, up from 122,62p. The increase in prices came as the cost of a barrel of oil jumped by 5%, hitting a high of $74.83.

Only May 2018 beats last month for the biggest jump of the past 20 years, when motorists saw a 6p per litre rise. The rise for petrol is the third consecutive month that prices have risen.

And prices across supermarket forecourts were even higher as Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury all raised their prices above the UK average.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “Despite the good weather April turned out to be one of the bleakest months ever for drivers with the second biggest monthly rise in the price of petrol for nearly 20 years.

“RAC Fuel Watch data shows the price of unleaded rose every single day from the end of March for three and half weeks (until 24 April), which is the longest run of daily price rises since May last year when unleaded increased 6p a litre setting a new monthly price rise record dating back to 2000.

“The bad news for drivers is that a tank of petrol now costs £3 more than it did at the start of April.

"This will have a damaging effect on household budgets across the country and will inevitably mean there will be less money available for non-essential spending.”