Petrol prices rise for first time in eight months

A man absolutely gutted the price of filling up a tank

Petrol and diesel prices rose for the first time in March since July 2015, according to the RAC’s Fuel Watch data.

Petrol increased by 3p a litre in March, while diesel rose by 3.7p a litre over the same period.

Rising prices saw both petrol and diesel hit £1.05 a litre on average – adding about £2 to the cost of filling up an average 55 litre car.


The price at supermarket pumps, which are traditionally the lowest, also rose. Petrol prices went up by 2p a litre to £1.02 on average, while diesel rose by 3.5p a litre also to £1.02 on average.  

The RAC says the jump in prices is linked to rising oil prices, which went back above $40 a barrel in March for the first time since early December 2015. It comes despite the Chancellor announcing in Budget 2016 that fuel duty is to be frozen for a sixth consecutive year.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams says: "The good times for motorists enjoying lower fuel prices had to come to an end at some point, but unfortunately it’s happened with a bit more of a bump than motorists were probably expecting.

“With an important oil production meeting scheduled for mid-April, more bad news at the pumps may be on the horizon.”


To find the cheapest prices in your area, use As of 31 March – the latest data available – both petrol and diesel prices stood at £1.05 on average.



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