Leeds and Wakefield: Fuel costs fall but drivers still being ‘short-changed’

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Yorkshire’s fuel costs are the cheapest in the country, according to the AA - but it claims drivers are still being short-changed despite a national fall in petrol prices.

Across the region the average price of a litre of petrol was 134.3p – and in Leeds and Wakefield it can cost as little as 131.6p according to fuel price comparison websites.

Nationally it has fallen to 135.08p per litre, down from 138.95p in mid October.

Meanwhile the cost of diesel has dropped from 143.74p a litre to 141.89p. In Yorkshire it cost 141.0p on average.

While the news will be welcomed by drivers, the AA said a fall in wholesale petrol prices across Europe should have knocked UK pump prices down by between 10p and 11p a litre.

AA president Edmund King said today: “This week the Government said it was going to tackle high gas and electricity bills, yet lets drivers and businesses down by not reacting swiftly to runaway wholesale and pump prices.”

Drivers are also still suffering from a “price postcode lottery” where motorists in one area can be charged as much as 5p a litre more than drivers a few miles away, the AA added.

Fuel costs in rural parts of Yorkshire - where people have to rely on their cars more - are significantly higher than the regional and national averages.

In Ryedale, North Yorkshire, the average price of a litre of unleaded is 137.4p while diesel costs 142.9p per litre. The district had most expensive diesel in the country earlier this year according to research by the Countryside Alliance.

Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, said prices in the area had dropped a little since then but were still among Yorkshire’s highest.

“People are still finding it very hard to tank up,” said the Tory MP.

“Ryedale isn’t the most affluent area - there are some people there who are very well off but many who aren’t, and in terms of your weekly household bill, filling your car is very expensive.

“We’re just hoping it won’t tip people into poverty.”