This is how the average price of fuel in the region today compares to one year ago and five years ago

The cost of filling up a typical family car has now topped £100 in every region of the UK, new data shows.

By Jon Peake
Saturday, 18th June 2022, 2:06 pm
Updated Saturday, 18th June 2022, 2:06 pm

The cost is broadly similar across the regions, but the highest prices are found in London, where a tank of petrol costs £103.23. The North East has the lowest prices, at £102.06.

Northern Ireland has seen the cost of petrol jump the most in the past year, with prices up 49% from this time a year ago.

The figures were supplied by data firm Experian, which has a database of all petrol stations across the UK and Ireland.

Fuel prices have soared across the country as the cost of living bites

It is based on the cost of filling a typical 55-litre family car with a full tank of unleaded petrol on 15 June.

How do costs compare to one and five years ago?

In the North West, the average price of petrol is 186.62p per litre and diesel costs 192.76p per litre. The cost of filling an average 55-litre unleaded petrol car is a staggering £102.64.

One year ago it was 129.60p for petrol and 132.11p for diesel. The cost of filling an average car then was £71.28.

Five years ago the cost was 116.66p for petrol and 117.25p for diesel. The cost of filling an average car then was £64.16

Now, pressure is growing on the Government to take further action on fuel prices.

The RAC says that the Treasury is now pulling in £46 in tax on a full-tank fill-up for an average family car and has urged the Government to go further to help motorists.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “While fuel prices have been setting new records on a daily basis, households up and down the country may never have expected to see the cost of filling an average-sized family car reach three figures.

“With RAC research showing as many as eight-in-10 depend on their cars many must be wondering if any further financial support from the Government will be forthcoming.

“March’s 5p fuel duty cut now looks paltry as wholesale petrol costs have already increased by five-times that amount since the Spring Statement (25p).

“A further duty cut or a temporary reduction in VAT would go a long way towards helping drivers, especially those on lower incomes who have no choice other than to drive.

“It’s also important to remember that the Government is still benefitting from the high fuel prices by taking around 30p in VAT from every litre sold.

“This compares to just 25p before Russia invaded Ukraine. On top of this the Government is still collecting 53p fuel duty from every litre.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has ordered a review into March’s fuel duty cut amid claims that retailers have failed to pass the 5p per litre saving on to customers.

The Government has said that retailers could be “named and shamed” if the inquiry by the Competition and Markets Authority finds any wrongdoing.

A spokesperson said: “At the Business Secretary’s request, the Competition and Markets Authority has agreed to conduct an urgent review of the fuel market to ensure drivers are getting a fair deal.

“The 5p fuel duty cut is the biggest ever cut to fuel duty rates and will save the average car driver around £100. As a key part of our support to help people with rising costs of living, it’s crucial we ensure that it’s being passed on everywhere.”