Angry drivers had to “pay even more for gas” despite government tax cuts.

The cost of petrol and diesel has risen by 40p a liter over the past year and drivers report that many garages have not passed on Rishi Sunak’s tax cuts, meaning they have had to pay more than ever

Emma Jones said the spring declaration was for
Emma Jones said the spring declaration was for “wealthy” people

Motorists report they are paying more than ever to fill up their cars, even as the government cuts fuel taxes by 5p a liter.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak Yesterday the cut was confirmed fuel obligation as part of his spring declaration.

The cut means drivers will pay 52.92p in tax on every liter of petrol and diesel from 6pm last night until March next year.

In fact, drivers should be paying 6p less per liter, not 5p, as the government charges VAT at 20% on top of fuel tax.

However, many drivers say their local petrol stations are not reducing their prices – and others report rate cuts by petrol stations pushing up fuel prices ahead of the government’s announcement.

The Mirror spoke to a worker in Bere Regis, Dorset, who said his local workshop had increased their prices by 3p a liter ahead of the Chancellor’s announcement and a further 5p thereafter.

Then at 6pm last night they reduced their prices by 5p, leaving him and other local drivers paying 2p more for fuel despite the tax break.

“Fuel prices are a big problem,” he said. “I have to commute 50 miles round-trip to work every day, but other than that I’m trying to use my car less.”

Emma Jones, 48, lives in Blaenau Gwent, Wales with her husband and son.

She said the 5p per liter tax cut was “absolutely ridiculous” given that fuel costs are so high anyway.

Emma, ​​who uses her car most days, said: “If he cuts fuel consumption just for a month that could help everyone.

“A lot of garages around here have increased their prices by 5p only to then drop them again.

“This is a springtime statement aimed at the affluent, not the average person.”

According to market researcher Appinio, most Brits (72%) are “very worried” about rising fuel prices.

Barry Hearn, 72, lives with his wife Marie, 71, and the couple have been married for 47 years.

Barry, who lives in Watford, was a truck driver and taxi driver in London before retiring.

He said: “The Spring Declaration has not done enough for the least affluent in society.

“Our daughter lives 150 miles away and the cost of gas means we drive to her place a lot less.”

Fuel costs in his area have risen from around £1.43 a liter a year ago to £1.70 today.

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