Fuel price at pumps soars to a new high
Fuel prices at the pumps have reached new record highs in Northern Ireland.
Unleaded petrol has soared to 142.9p a litre in some areas of the province — as predicted by this newspaper two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, diesel has already risen to a staggering 149.9p a litre in places, according to the comparison website petrolprices.com.
And the AA said the average cost of petrol in the UK is now 133.46p a litre, with diesel at 140.01p a litre, as prices go up relentlessly.
The worrying figures came ahead of an announcement due by Chancellor George Osborne that he will scrap the planned April rise in fuel duty.
Drivers were paying 116.71p a litre for petrol and 117.42p for diesel a year ago.
However, by the start of this year prices had climbed to 125.19p a litre for petrol and 129.30p for diesel.
AA president Edmund King said something has to be done to help hard-pressed motorists in the current economic climate.
“Millions are desperate for the chancellor to provide some relief through shelving the fuel duty increase scheduled for April 1,” he said.
“What clearer signal does the chancellor need that action is needed now? Today's record fuel prices say it all.”
The March Fuel Price Report indicated that Northern Ireland remains the most expensive area in the UK for fuel.