Motorists in Yorkshire are being given an autumn boost after two UK supermarkets agreed to drop fuel prices from today.
Asda pledged to cut 2p per litre off the price of its unleaded and 1p a litre off diesel, before Tesco said it would reduce its petrol “by up to 2p per litre” and drop diesel by 1p per litre.
Prior to the price cuts, which take effect from today, Leeds’s cheapest petrol filling station was Jet, in Ring Road, Beeston, with petrol at 131.9p per litre, while Asda, in Milnthorpe, already offered Wakefield’s cheapest petrol at 133.7p per litre according to PetrolPrices.com.
The moves have been welcomed by both the AA and the RAC after the wholesale price of petrol fell to its lowest this year.
Pete Williams, the RAC’s head of external affairs, said: “Motorists are struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis due to the cost of running a car so every reduction in price at the pump makes a big difference.”
He said analysis of wholesale prices of fuel shows there is still scope for retailers to pass on reductions of at least 5p a litre in petrol and 2p a litre in diesel over the next fortnight. But while price cuts are welcomed, where people live and the filling stations closest to them are continuing to leave some drivers out of pocket.
AA president Edmund King said: “In towns with uncompetitive supermarkets petrol is costing up to 5p a litre, or £2.50 a tank, more to fill up. Hence there is still a blatantly unfair pump price postcode lottery.”
Andy Peake, Asda’s petrol trading director, added: “Our national price cap on fuel benefits everyone, meaning no-one filling up at Asda is forced to pay a premium for fuel because of where they live.”