Fuel prices have soared over the past few decades and now cost drivers significantly more to refuel their vehicle than before. There was a time in the not too distant past where fuel cost under £1 a litre. However, fuel prices roughly cost in excess of 120p per litre, which adds when you’re filling up a car. Drivers are being warned about the massive price disparity between local petrol stations and motorway service stations as the latter can be hugely more expensive.
The figures from PetrolPrices.com found that some motorway service stations are charging motorists almost 40p per litre more for a litre of fuel.
For example, if you refuelled at the Leicester Forest East on the M1 you’d pay 167.9 pence per litre of diesel but if you chose to fuel at the nearby Sainsbury’s at Fosse Park and you’ll be charged 37p less (130.9p).
Its a similar story for petrol cars too. If you refuelled at Bridgwater services M5 Somerset you’d pay 148.9p per litre which is 29p more than the closest cheapest fuel station at Sainsburys Bridgwater where unleaded cars 119.9p per litre.
Kitty Bates, consumer spokesperson at PetrolPrices.com, said: “Our research shows that many motorway service stations are pricing their fuel well over the odds with some stations charging up to 37p per litre more than their nearest forecourt operator.
“Motorway service areas have long been overpriced because operators know that motorists have to fill up there, and they have a captive audience, so they charge a similar rate year round, regardless of the fluctuations in the wholesale industry.
“Their argument is the costs are higher, which is something the government has been saying that it wants to investigate for quite a few years now.
“For too long millions of UK motorists have been stung by extortionate motorway service area fuel prices.”
However, drivers should not avoid fulling up on the motorway if they are running low on fuel as this could land them in more trouble if they broke down.
Motorists are encouraged to check online and shop around for cheaper fuel as it could save them a significant amount at the pumps.
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