It’s an outrage, but we keep buying it

THE price of a litre of petrol in Derbyshire can differ by as much as 10p depending on where you buy it from, research by a fuel price comparison website has found.

Petrolprices.com, which monitors fuel prices across the country, claims the cheapest unleaded fuel sold in the county costs 134.9p and the most expensive is 144.9p.

The price difference for a litre of diesel was even greater, it said.

The website said the cheapest was 141.9p – but the dearest was 154.9p.

The research came after motoring organisation the AA yesterday revealed that the UK average price of unleaded petrol had broken through the 140p-a-litre barrier for the first time.

It said the average price had now reached 140.2p a litre, with diesel at a new record of 146.72p

Petrol prices have now risen more than 2.75p a litre in just three weeks.

It is believed that higher oil prices, driven by concerns about the political situation in Iran, have been behind the rising price of fuel.

In Derbyshire, the average cost of a litre of unleaded petrol stands at 137.7p – 2.5p below the national average. The average for diesel is 146.1p – just 0.62p below the rest of the country.

According to Petrolprices  .com, the cheapest unleaded can be found at Sainsbury’s Wyvern and Osmaston Park Road stores, with the price set at 134.9p.

The most expensive is 144.9p – although Petrolprices  .com said it was not allowed to say at which station.

In terms of diesel, again Sainsbury’s Wyvern store was the cheapest, selling at 141.9p.

The dearest was 154.9p but again Petrolprices.com said it could not identify the vendor.

Later this year, Derbyshire’s motorists are set to endure more misery at the pumps.

In his Budget this week, Chancellor George Osborne said the fuel duty rise planned for August, which with VAT added will amount to 3.62p a litre more for road users, would be going ahead.

Chris Sabian is owner of http://www.thedoginn.biz a directory for Dog Friendly Accomodation, Pubs, Beaches & More Browse the UK’s most popular directory of dog friendly accommodation, pubs, beaches and days out

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