Motorists! Petrol prices to make your pocket cry!
People who drive are mental. They are. Driving a car is more expensive that making a decision to only eat black printer ink cartridges coated in saffron for the rest of your life.
And now, the motorist in you should brace itself for record high petrol prices this year. According to research by the AA, the cost of unleaded fuel will leap to £1.20 a litre or more.
The Very Nice Men say that those who are skint will be hit hard by the predicted price jump and, subsequently, asked the chancellor, Alistair Darling, to hold fire on the introduction of a 3p hike in petrol duty, due on 1st April.
On average, you're paying just over £1.15 for a litre of petrol at the moment (feel free to say if you're paying more in the comments). The AA reckon that's more likely to be £1.20 by next month, which number fans, is over £5.40 a gallon. Before long, drivers may as well power their cars on rocking-horse shit.
According to the Guardian, figures show that the average petrol bill for a two-car family has already gone up by £52 per month to £245 in the past year.
The AA's president, Edmund King, said: "The UK is barely out of recession, yet petrol threatens to rise to record prices seen during the boom of 2008, shortly before the collapse into recession. If families, drivers on fixed incomes and those on low pay were unable to cope with prices then, they are even less likely now."
Lindsay Hoyle, a Labour MP on the Commons business select committee who is also a man with a girl's name, called the increase a "complete disgrace". Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "Yes, crude oil has gone up this year, but nothing like the rise in petrol prices. Motorists are being legally mugged at the forecourt by petrol companies."