Consumer: Fuel prices ‘cheaper in Yorkshire’

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Drivers are paying more at the pumps for petrol despite a dip in world oil prices - but the good news is that prices in Leeds are among the lowest in the country.

Motoring group AA said that the need for fair pricing has been largely ignored by politicians.

Its figures showed the price of oil was five per cent lower per barrel in the first two weeks of April 2015 than in the first two weeks of March 2015.

But average UK petrol prices rose from 111.92p a litre in mid-March to 113.29p a litre in mid-April.

Diesel also rose, with average prices going up from 118.19p in mid-March to 118.83p in mid-April.

Across the UK, the cheapest petrol, averaging 113.1p a litre, was currently available in Yorkshire, London and in south east England.

There were variations across Yorkshire, according to petrolprices.com. Unleaded at Asda’s Leeds Bridge store was 110.7p on Wednesday. In the Dales you might have to pay 125p a litre.

AA president Edmund King said: “Cars are like blank cheques for whoever feels the need to balance the books by plundering drivers’ pockets.

“Motorists prop up the Treasury to the tune of 10 per cent of the UK’s total tax-take, and now the fuel retailers are taking £3 a tank extra on diesel to steady their finances.

“Manifestos promise action and transparency on domestic energy bills, but nothing on road fuel price transparency.”

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