Petrol prices on the rise again

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Petrol prices have pushed up a further three pence a litre in the last month, according to the AA.

Motorists have been faced with forking out an extra 10 pence a litre at the pumps since February as a result of the price rise.

The average cost has risen from 113.29 pence in mid-April to 116.42 pence now.

Meanwhile the price of diesel has increased from 118.83 pence to 120.70 pence over the last three month.

Across the UK, motorists in Northern Ireland pay the lowest average price for filling up their vehicles, at 116 pence a litre, as well as the cheapest diesel, which is averaging 119.4 pence.

Scottish drivers are paying the most for their fuel, averaging 117 pence for petrol and 121.3 pence for diesel.

AA president Edmund King said the price prices at the pump trigger a negative response from drivers.

But he said families should be feeling better off after the price of petrol averaged at around 130 pence a litre and 136 pence per litre for diesel in May 2014.

Mr King warned: “Despite negative inflation in April, warning signals coming from the EU and the United States indicate that the 20-dollars-a-barrel leap in the price of oil since the beginning of the year is once again influencing the car-use and fuel-buying behaviour of drivers.

“Compared to May 2014, when petrol averaged around 130 pence a litre and diesel 136 pence, car-dependent families should be feeling much better off. However, as the AA has pointed out in the past, price surges at the pump and on the billboards trigger a negative response from drivers.”

The YEP reported earlier this year average petrol prices have dipped to their lowest level for five years with Leeds among the cheapest places in the country.