Is the price gap closing in the petrol postcode lottery

21 February 2014

horse in petrol station Rural drivers have been getting stiffed on petrol prices for a while now. If you consider how much everyone gets done over on fuel costs, you've really got to feel for those out in the sticks. They can't even afford the petrol to move out of the countryside.

With petrol priced differently depending on where you live, there's been something of a postcode lottery when it comes to what you pay at the pumps.

However, that appears to be changing, thanks to a shortening of the price gap.

The difference in prices in country districts compared with urban areas has narrowed from roughly 5p a litre to as low as 2p, according to the AA.

This drop in rural prices has contributed to a general nationwide dip in price, which now averages 129.63p a litre compared with 130.46p in mid-January. The AA deduces that the strengthening of the pound against the dollar had accounted for much of the fall in pump prices.

Yorkshire and Humberside has the cheapest petrol with an average of 129.2p a litre.

AA president Edmund King said: "Across whole towns, for months if not years, drivers and businesses have been charged 4p to 6p a litre more for petrol compared to what retailers charged for the same fuel in neighbouring towns. Drivers don't know whether to rejoice or get very angry that supermarkets and other fuel markets can actually trade at 2p to 3p a litre above prices in cheaper areas."

TOPICS:   Motoring

1 comment

  • Mark C.
    But you are talking pence per 40l fill up, a couple of quid a week, is this really news?

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