Motorists face a “dark day” as petrol prices soar amid calls for a fuel tax cut

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams called it a “dark day” and said the Treasury had collected 53p per liter fuel tax and 30p VAT as a result of the price hikes

The BP service station at A1 Washington Services in Tyne & Wear, where the price of petrol and diesel is now over £2 a litre
The BP service station at A1 Washington Services in Tyne & Wear, where the price of petrol and diesel is now over £2 a litre

Car groups lashed out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson for failing to increase his “paltry” fuel tax cut as the price of filling up an average family car exceeded £100.

Prices have jumped again today, with unleaded up 1.58p to 182.31 pa liter and diesel up 1.48p to 188.05p, but some motorway service stations are already charging more than £2 a liter.

Calling it a “dark day”, RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said the Treasury levied 53p a liter in fuel tax and 30p in VAT as a result of the price hikes.

He said: “All that comes from the government is silence.

“March’s 5p fuel tax cut looks paltry now as wholesale petrol costs have risen fivefold since the spring declaration. Another tariff cut or a temporary VAT cut would help a lot.”

Filling up a family car now costs £100


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Boris Johnson takes part in the Prime Minister’s Weekly Questions



AA President Edmund King has urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to cut the fuel tax by a further 10p. He said: “Enough is enough. The government must act urgently to bring record fuel prices down.”

He called for a stabilizer to lower fuel taxes when prices rise and raise them when prices fall, and called for “more fuel price transparency to stop pump rip-offs”.

Mr Williams said the government is “benefiting” from high fuel prices and taking 30p of VAT on every liter, compared with just 25p before Russia invaded Ukraine.”

Diagram explaining what you pay for at the pumps

FairFuelUK called for an independent regulator to ensure tariff and VAT cuts are passed on.

But today Mr Johnson said it was up to retailers to pass on the 5p fuel tax cut announced in March.

He said: “We’ve already made a cut – the biggest cut ever in fuel levy. I want to see these cuts impact the pumps.”

Pump price for unleaded petrol


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AA figures show that 27% of lower-income households have had to cut back on groceries to keep their car on the road for work, while 2% have sold their motor to save money.

Taxi drivers and attendants have reported the impact of the price increases.

Susanne Wild, a manager at a care company in Whitstable, said rising fuel costs had meant staff could no longer afford to travel to clients.

Susanne Wild is a care business manager in Whitstable

She said: “The staff are leaving. We cannot reach the people we need to see without having a car. It is impossible.”

A boss at an Oldham taxi company said drivers were working longer hours to cover higher fuel costs. Pervaiz Iqbal said, “There is no other option.”

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