Leeds fuel pump prices hit hard

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fuel prices are through the roof, hitting motorists, taxi drivers, bus and haulage companies in the pocket.

A trip to the pumps in Leeds will cost you up to 130.9p a litre for unleaded fuel, and 136.9p for diesel, according to comparison website petrolprices.co.uk.

The cheapest forecourts are charging 125.9p and 129.9p respectively.

On average prices are higher for drivers filling up in Bradford, Wakefield and Dewsbury. And the cost of oil is expected to rise further with the current unrest in the Middle East.

Motorists are now urging the Government to introduce checks to protect them from rising prices at the pumps.

Haulage boss Steve Devanney, 50, of Devanney TW & Sons, which is based at Cross Green in south Leeds, backs the introduction of a fuel price stabiliser. He says his company that has operated since 1954 is struggling with competition from Europe where fuel prices are lower.

Mr Devanney – who employs a 12 vehicle fleet – has seen the cost of fuel increase by 21 per cent in the UK in the last 14 months. The company can only continue for as long as the customer is willing to pay more to cover the price of diesel, he said.

Mr Devanney said: “There is sometimes a resistance from customers to pay extra, but we have no choice but to pass on the cost of diesel.”

Leeds’s private hire firms are so far resisting the temptation to charge customers more, leaving individual drivers to absorb the extra costs. It has been an unpopular move that saw driver Richard Burrow swap the open road for a desk job.

The assistant fleet manager at Amber Cars said: “We had a big strike about it. The drivers wanted us to put the prices up but we can’t pass this onto the passenger. We have to keep their loyalty or they will just move on.”

Arriva Yorkshire finally broke its two-year fare freeze in January of this year, with managing director Nigel Featham admitting that the current cost of fuel was “very demanding”.

He said: “This key cost does create pressure for our business, however our current plan is to ensure that we absorb these costs and do not pass them on to our customers.”

A spokesman for First Group assured Leeds passengers that despite rising oil prices fares would be held for the “foreseeable future”.

First fares have increased “a couple of times” in the last 18 months, he admitted.


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