Firey fuel furore fans flames as petrol prices increase
Ah, the 1st of September - the end of Summer, the stirrings of Autumn and the third increase in tax on petrol in nine months. Delightful. Overnight, the Government spanked petrol prices by over 2 pence, raising the average price of a unleaded litre to around £1.05, a rise of some 20 pence up since January. That means you're paying around 65 pence of tax per litre. Carumba.
What can you do about it, aside from selling the car and buying a bicycle? For starters, get thee to Morrisons; they're grabbing the headlines with some PR-friendly excitement, by soaking up the price of the tax increase on behalf of their customers until Sunday, meaning you can still fill up at the pre-tax prices until then. That said, the AA recently claimed the cheapest petrol could be found at Asda, although don't expect any price freezes there: "We don't do stunts," a spokesperson said, "our prices reflect our costs". Hmmph.
Meanwhile, a useful website we've mentioned before is PetrolPrices.com, which follows 10,000 petrol stations and updates the available prices across most of them daily. You can search for the cheapest forecourt closest to you by postcode, and subscribe for updates.