Furious drivers left to ‘pay even more for petrol’ despite government tax cut


The cost of petrol and diesel has risen by 40 cents a liter over the past year, and drivers report that many garages have failed to pass on Rishi Sunak’s tax cuts, leaving them to pay more than ever.

Emma Jones said the spring statement was designed for ‘affluent’ people

Motorists say they are paying more than ever to fill up their cars, despite the government cutting fuel tax by 5p a litre.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday confirmed the reduction in fuel taxes as part of his spring statement.

The reduction means drivers pay 52.92p tax for every liter of petrol and diesel from 6pm last night until March next year.

In real terms, drivers should pay 6p less per litre, not 5p, as the government also charges 20% VAT on top of fuel tax.

But many drivers say their local forecourts aren’t lowering their prices – and others are reporting price hikes by petrol stations pushing up fuel prices ahead of the government’s announcement.

The Mirror spoke to a worker in Bere Regis, Dorset, who said his local garage had raised prices by 3p a liter before the Chancellor’s announcement and then a further 5p after.

Then at 6pm last night they slashed their prices by 5p – leaving him and other local drivers to pay 2p more for fuel despite the tax relief.

“Fuel prices are a major issue,” he said. “I have a 50 mile round trip to work each day, but other than that I try to use my car less.”

Emma Jones, 48, lives in Blaenau Gwent, Wales, with her husband and son.

She said the 5p a liter tax cut was ‘absolutely ridiculous’ because the cost of fuel was so high anyway.

Emma, ​​who uses her car almost every day, said: “If he reduced fuel taxes for just one month, it could help everyone.

“Around here a lot of garages are raising their prices by 5p, only to lower them again.

“This is a spring statement for the haves, not the average person.”

Most Britons (72%) are “very worried” about rising fuel prices, according to market researchers Appinio.

Barry Hearn, 72, lives with his wife Marie, 71, and the couple have been married for 47 years.

Barry, who lives in Watford, was a lorry driver and taxi driver in London before retiring.

He said: “The spring declaration has not done enough for the less fortunate in society.

“Our daughter lives 240km away, and the cost of fuel means we drive a lot less to see her.”

Fuel costs in his area have fallen from around £1.43 per liter a year ago to £1.70 today.

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