The RAC has issued a plea to fuel retailers to play fair with UK motorists by immediately cutting the price of both unleaded and diesel at the pumps, in the wake of falling oil and wholesale fuel prices.
The oil price, currently the biggest factor determining UK fuel prices besides fuel duty, is now at its lowest level since early May – around $43 a barrel. As a result, wholesale costs including VAT – the price retailers buy fuel for – have been falling for nearly a month and currently stand at 103.65p for petrol and 104.32p for diesel. Despite this, pump prices have remained largely static during this time, at around 112p on average per litre and with some motorway services charging as much as 127p per litre.
RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “There is now a compelling case for an immediate price cut of 3p per litre off the price of both petrol and diesel at forecourts. That would take average prices down to around 109p per litre, and would see some of the most competitive retailers selling unleaded and diesel around 106p.
“We would hope that retailers are not taking advantage of public perceptions that fuel prices would rise following the Brexit vote last month, as the wholesale market is clearly showing a downward trend in prices right now. Retailers have a reasonable recent record of passing cost savings on, and we would like to think this is a blip rather than a new norm.
“Another dip in the already low world oil price – driven by oversupply and concerns about the global economic outlook – is putting a lot of downward pressure on wholesale prices, and we believe retailers should now act by passing on the savings they are making to the UK’s motorists.