Drivers hit by the biggest jump in petrol price for 18 years


  • The average cost of petrol at the pumps has surged by a massive 6p in a month 
  • The cost of filling up at a motorway forecourt has soared by £3.68 to £81.29
  • For diesel the recent hikes were the second worst rise since the start of 2000

James Salmon For Daily Mail

The cost of filling up a typical family car has soared above £70 as drivers have been hit with the biggest monthly rise in petrol prices for 18 years.

The average cost of petrol has surged by 6p in a month, adding £3.29 to the price of a tank. Unleaded rose from 123.43p to 129.41p, with the cost of filling up a 55-litre car up to £71.18.

Diesel owners faced an even bigger rise, according to the RAC which called it a ‘hellish’ month for motorists.

The average price of a litre of diesel rose by 6.12p from 126.27p to 132.39p, increasing the cost of filling up by £3.37 to £72.81.

For diesel this was the second worst rise since the start of 2000 but was some way behind the 8.43p a litre increase ten years ago.

The price hikes were even more extreme at motorway service stations. The cost of filling up a family diesel car at a motorway forecourt has soared by £3.68 to £81.29 as the price per litre jumped by 6.69p to 147.80p.

It has not been much better for owners of petrol cars, with the price of unleaded rising 6.37p to 144.75p. This means the cost of a tank has surged by £3.50 to £79.61.

The cost of filling up a family diesel car at a motorway forecourt has soared by £3.68 to £81.29

The cost of filling up a family diesel car at a motorway forecourt has soared by £3.68 to £81.29

The cost of filling up a family diesel car at a motorway forecourt has soared by £3.68 to £81.29

The RAC described it as a ‘hellish’ month for motorists because of the recent petrol price rises

The RAC described it as a ‘hellish’ month for motorists because of the recent petrol price rises

The RAC described it as a ‘hellish’ month for motorists because of the recent petrol price rises

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