Average cost of filling up car in UK hits record 100 pounds
The average cost of filling up a typical family car has exceeded 100 pounds, or $125, for the first time in Britain as Russia’s war in Ukraine drives gasoline prices higher
LONDON — The average cost of filling up a typical family car has exceeded 100 pounds ($125) for the first time in Britain, as Russia’s war in Ukraine drives gasoline prices higher.
Figures by data firm Experian Catalist revealed that the average price for a liter at U.K. gas pumps was 182.3 pennies on Wednesday. That takes the average cost of filling a 55-liter (12-gallon) family car to 100. 27 pounds.
The AA, a British motoring association said that the price hikes have been a “huge surprise” for drivers.
“While fuel costs have been breaking new records every day, many households across the country might not have expected to see the average family car’s cost rise to three figures,” Simon Williams, a spokesperson for RAC, said. Russia’s invasion in Ukraine raised concerns about oil and gas supplies and led to higher energy prices, which trickled down to motorists filling up at the pumps. People across Europe and the United States have been affected by high gasoline prices. This has led governments to take measures to alleviate the pain.
The government of Britain announced a 5 pence per gallon fuel tax cut in March to assist motorists after record-breaking pump prices.
Many say that it only scratches the surface and reduces the cost of filling up a car. Officials from the government have raised concerns that fuel retailers may not pass on the tax cuts to customers.
Prime minister Boris Johnson is under pressure to do more to assist Britons who are struggling to pay their fuel and food bills and to address the severe cost of living crisis. A spokesperson for Johnson said Wednesday that it was important that the public understand the actions of each fuel retailer and that they are looking into what other options we have.
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