Greedy garage bosses were charging almost £3 for a litre of petrol yesterday amid
warnings that the fuel crisis is worsening in London and the South East.
Motorists are being told prices could rise by up to 5p a litre this week as the industry
chiefs claimed the situation is getting worse in London and parts of the South East.
With Army personnel poised to start delivering fuel, The Mail on Sunday discovered
one Gulf petrol station in West London charging £2.93 per litre for Super Unleaded –
a staggering 47 per cent more than its normal price of £1.98.
Figures compiled by the FairFuelUK campaign group indicated that the average
national price of a litre of petrol now stands at 141.9p, which is up from 136.5p.
Meanwhile, diesel drivers are now paying 145.5p rather than the usual 139.2p.
FairFuelUK’s Howard Cox said that pump prices were likely to increase by between 3p
and 5p next week – and accused ‘opportunistic’ petrol stations of profiteering.
‘We want fair prices for consumers,’ Mr Cox said, ‘but right now Britain’s motorists
are being ripped off under the smokescreen of the chaos.
‘Hardworking people are simply being fleeced.’
A customer at the Gulf petrol station at Sloane Services charging £2.93 a litre told
The Mail on Sunday: ‘It’s not ideal, it’s certainly very expensive, but under the
circumstances, I don’t think I’ve got much choice.’
A member of staff at the petrol station said: ‘We are not responsible for setting the
prices.’ Military personnel will start distributing fuel from tomorrow.
At a Co-op filling station in Swanley, Kent, soldiers were yesterday given lessons by
staff on filling the fuel station reservoir from a tanker.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) Brian Madderson
said the shortage remains a ‘really big problem’.
‘In London and the South East and possibly parts of eastern England, if anything it
had got worse,’ Mr Madderson told Radio 4’s Today programme.
He welcomed the announcement that military drivers are to be deployed, but warned
it will have a limited impact.