When will we stop experiencing fuel price rage?
News entry dated 15th Jun 2012

Fuel price rage is a common condition experienced by many motorists. There is currently no cure and it is becoming increasingly difficult to control. It all starts when you get into your car, head to the petrol station and start filling up with fuel. The symptoms start to show when you look up at the fuel counter and watch the ££s going up and up and up. The pump nozzle then clicks, you know the tank is full and you are left staring at the huge bill you are now expected to pay so that you can drive off the forecourt and get on with your day.

This rage isn’t a recent condition, it wasn’t triggered by the fuel price hikes since the recent recession, many motorist have had to deal with this rage for over 30 years now. In the early 1980’s, motorists became angry when petrol prices reached 36p per litre (£1 per litre in today’s terms) and many demanded price reductions. Since then the price of fuel has continued to soar, and it seems motorists haven’t been able to shake off that feeling of rage.

This year, motorists were expected to pay on average 142.4p per litre for Unleaded and 155.98p per litre for Diesel when fuel prices peaked back in April after the threat of strikes from tanker drivers. A bit of light relief came this month as motorists experienced prices dropping by more than an average of 4p per litre since mid May. This is the second month motorists have experienced a drop of this kind. However, many people still think the average 8p drop since April isn’t enough, and it’s simply the calm before the storm as the Chancellor is planning on increasing the duty on fuel by 3p per litre in August.

What’s the solution? If fuel prices are set to increase again in the coming months, how can you avoid experiencing further fuel price rage? Many motorists are campaigning to stop the planned fuel duty increase, arguing that if duty didn’t increase it would help businesses and stimulate growth in the economy. The government reply by claiming that if duty was not increased, interest rates would have to go up across the economy, and this would have a detrimental effect on society. A difficult conundrum; we need more disposable income to keep the country spending and if fuel duty goes up then there will be less disposable income, but if it stays the same the duty will be offset through inflation which will also mean less disposable income.

There seems to be no easy solution to bringing down the price of fuel, so, the only way sufferers of fuel price rage can reduce the symptoms, is to try and reduce their consumption of fuel. Although this is an impossible task for many who have no choice but to drive, there are a number of techniques you can put in place to keep your fuel consumption to a minimum. Read our tips on how to get more miles to the gallon when you drive and save money on fuel. You could also consider cycling to work or other destinations. Love to ride show you how enjoyable and beneficial it is to cycle more and cycling can considerably minimise the symptoms for fuel price rage sufferers.

Do you suffer from fuel price rage? Do you ever think it will end? What’s the best solution for reducing petrol prices and minimising symptoms for fuel rage sufferers?

Edward Cunningham October 12, 2013

In a mail shot which possibly cost £xxxx thousands, Sainsbury's recently (Saturday 5th Oct '13) informed we Northerners that fuel ( diesel) was selling at Whitley Bay at 136.9 per litre. Asda, on the other hand, did nothing to tell anyone the they had lowered their prices to 135.06p per litre. relying on local motorists to shop around to maintain their "customer footprint". I wonder whose business soared over that weekend?

Bill Andersen March 31, 2013

It's stupid to speak of less disposable income in either scenario because when they put up the price of fuel everything else goes up, just look at your weekly shop. You get lots less for your budgeted £s when you shop every week. No one is telling the supermarkets etc that they have to put their greedy prices back down when petrol is cheaper. The greed is never ending and the bottom line is that we always end up paying more and more until we cannot afford to live, this in turn makes people ill as they cannot afford to but decent quality food. People miss this very valid point when it comes to petrol price hikes. Enough is enough, its time to organise boycotts of the greediest companies first and then the rest. I already practice this in my shopping habits and by planning meals better. I boycott the greediest supermarkets & garages. If one petrol station can sell at 7p cheaper than the rest they could all do that so go there and give them the custom, at least they are competing instead of price-fixing. Membership of the EU was supposed to encourage competition but it has since had the opposite effect.

    ken wood October 7, 2013

    Totally agree with the price difference between garages, in South Shields we have 3 Esso garages within a 3 mile radius. One is charging £1.40.9p a litre for diesel, another is £1.38.9p and the other is £1.36.9p. WHY such a big differance in prices ???????????????????

anthony mccullough October 3, 2012

I believe the Increase in Fuel is down to the Media, you can Guarantee when they "Spout" in their papers that prices are going to rise, the garages will Bang them up, see it every time at my Local garage.

    Michael Alan Gorman January 29, 2013

    I agree. It's been mentioned that prices are going to rise by 4 pence a ltr this week. So whats happened in Pulborough, West Sussex. The three dearest garages who are always the quickest to put there prices up and the slowest to lower them have already put 2 pence on. Can not understand why more are not using the garage at North Heath, Pulborouh who is around 7 pence a ltr cheaper.

kenneth wood August 23, 2012

Three years ago we were paying £1.26p per litre for diesel when oil was $146 a barrel. Today we are paying £1.40.9p per litre and oil is $93.65 a barrel. To me that is greed on behalf of the oil companies and the government. It's about time motorists in the country stood up and be counted, and told this government what they think of them. We are being robbed blind by this conservative government, just like we did when Thatcher was in power.

peter August 16, 2012

The Texaco in Ulverston has just put unleaded up to £1.39. Do they think they are a motorway service area? I think that makes them the most expensive in Cumbria.

Edwin Bagnall August 13, 2012

It is not the petrol companies that are charging too much, but the government. Why do we have a duty to pay as well as vat (e.g. 140.14p - actual cost 53.83p, the rest is taxes: 57.95p duty, 23.36p vat, total taxes 81.31p, plus 5 pence taken for retailer/carriage costs). Also in Europe why is diesel cheaper than petrol. As you can see from example above the government take 81.31p for every litre.

John Matthews August 10, 2012

Is it possible to get an update daily that is actually that? I received an update (yesterday) that was updated 7th of August and going on the recent record of these pirates; price increases daily, we need updates that mean updates daily, i.e. on the day.

    David Milroy October 2, 2012

    It's a real problem right now with almost daily price changes. I sought out a Total filling station today in Rushden Northants on the basis of a reported 1 Oct price of 139.9p for diesel; today (2 Oct) it was 141.9p!

    Dana August 15, 2012

    Hi John,

    Thank you for your comment. Please know that we rely on daily updates sent by our data provider and the prices are at least one day behind. At the moment we do not have the facility to update these prices in real time but hopefully we will be able to improve the service in the future.

    Best wishes,


nicky August 8, 2012

The Fuel Companies and garages have done it again, 6 months to drop the price when the fuel wholesale price goes down, 2 days they put it up when the price goes up, enter the idiot Cameron who is still doing nothing about it after saying he was going to sort it out, his problem is he is spending to much time at the Olympics on freebies.

    Norman Sunley August 14, 2012

    The garages around here put the price up as soon as the school hols start, being near holiday camps, they know that a lot of people won't know where the cheaper fuel is. But not only the fuel goes up but so does everything else, milk was 89p for a ltr, now 99p, if only my car ran on milk lol

alan clarke August 4, 2012

I wish to know how a small country, Luxemburg, can sell fuel at such low prices at todays rate 04/08/2012 Diesel is 1.20 euro per litre, Petrol is 1.33 euro per litre, whereas the rest of Europe is bitching about the price of crude, does not everyone have to pay the same?

    edward August 7, 2012

    The average price of unleaded in the UK was 0.537 per litre and diesel 0.5784 on Sunday 5th. A further 0.8028p and 0.8111p in Fuel Duty and VAT pushed this up to 1.3398 for petrol and 1.3895 for diesel. The Duty is much less in Luxembourg. This is the same for tobacco and alcohol. Its the only way they can get anybody to visit.

Stephen Langley August 2, 2012

Any chance of having a daily/weekly price trend across the various fuel categories so we can see rises or falls in fuel prices?

Thanks for a good site though!

Bob July 30, 2012


Michael Foster July 29, 2012

Great site for getting updated fuel prices but please you folk need to provide information on why the prices are changing. I can google and find info on the price of oil and I can find American sites showing state by state prices and weekly percentage change, so what I'd like to see here is a summary of price by county, price by brand and how this relates to the world price of oil. I was well unhappy to see how much fuel prices in the USA have dropped over the last few months to find ours dropped a couple of pence and now they are rising 1-2p a litre a week. Why the recent price increases? That's the sort of info I'm looking for from your site. If you can provide us with a national average price per retailer/brand then even if that supplier our own area is not always the cheapest, by boycotting the overall highest priced supplier we can make them act more competitively.
Finally can I suggest you aim for blogs which provide or instigate ideas for action motorists motorists can take with the aim of lowering fuel prices. At the end of the day we have the almost the highest fuel prices in the world and until someone enlightens me to the contrary I'll continue believing it's down to the fact that the British public is kept ignorant of the actual true cost of fuel. That's where this site can help by providing information.

norman nixon July 17, 2012

What's happened to the Government looking into fuel prices 2 weeks ago, NOTHING, how long can they carry on telling lies and conning the public, forever because people wont stand up and be counted.

    Lizzie July 19, 2012

    In September MPs will vote on whether to make The Office of Fair Trading investigate the delay in oil companies passing on cheaper fuel prices to motorists and why they fail to pass on the full benefit.

    You have to wonder why wait until September? Troughs & snouts possibly?

Davyboy July 17, 2012

Why has petrol gone up at the JET GARAGE IN GRANTHAM, Manthorpe Road. It's 5p more than anyone else in the area. The last garage to hold its prices high was shut down by everyone keeping away, this was on Brooke Street Grantham.

Lizzie July 13, 2012

Oil is hovering around $100 barrel. No fuel duty rises this year yet petrol is around 129.9 & diesel 136.9 per ltr. Fuel retailers making less than 5 pence per ltr? Pull the other one it plays "Mary had a little lamb".

    Davyboy July 17, 2012

    Spot on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Adam Lockwood June 27, 2012


By any chance do you drive a Diesel Skoda or something equally as dull ? The site is about Petrol prices, not website cookies. If you don't like the content, don't read it and especially don't waste my time reading your ridiculous outbursts !!!!! If you have nothing better to put to the table than stating the facts (which is what has been done here) then maybe you should keep your thoughts to yourself.

Go back to your 1000 mile to a tank diesel and i'll get back in my 150 mile to a tank TVR Chimaera and we'll see who's more affected by the prices. It's people that have the most economic cars, who are generally the tightest, who make the most noise !! How often do you see a true car enthusiast complain about petrol prices ???? They are what they are and that's something you need to come to terms with, either than or buy a pushbike !!

I commend the website and thank you for keeping an up to date view on what is going on. I personally find every post interesting and insightfull !!



    ann mullen July 4, 2012

    It is more expensive to get petrol in Wales, why? and can something be done about it. Also how come the petrol goes up every bank holiday and goes back to where it was at the end of the bank holiday. Shame on the government to let this happen.

norman nixon June 19, 2012

I dont care what make of fuel it is my car goes better and farther when the price comes down

James Watson June 15, 2012

I own a service station in the south east of England. Which brand is better Esso, Jet, Texaco, BP, Murco, Total, Shell, Harvest Energy? We are looking to change in 2012 to get the best fuel deal package to pass on better prices and make a fuel margin.
UL 133.9 DERV 137.9
Look forward to your answers.

    Darren Stead June 19, 2012

    I go out of my way to fill up with BP to be honest, car feels a lot better with it, although recently i've started using shell as they are over 6p a litre cheaper for regular diesel, and our local BP are keeping ultimate at £1.50 /l :( Can feel the difference already, used BP almost exclusivly for the last 7 years, all of my vehicles have been high milage run smooth as silk from it! Changing fuels makes them feel a little more rough

    robert ingram June 16, 2012

    Total is the best mate, as it has very good diesel and unleaded. I recommend it. No I don't work for them, I just use them

Mike Gardener June 15, 2012

This huge article to tell me 'there is no solution' to fixing the price hikes, what a waste of my time!

Also there isn't an 'option' for me to not accept your site cookies, this is required by law especially since you have affiliate links, tracking scripts and ads. You are not exempt from the law and none of your websites have this, if you think you don't need them you are wrong, and should read up on it...........

    Hannah Bird June 15, 2012

    Hi Mike,

    All of our information regarding cookies can be found here, or by clicking the Privacy Policy link at the bottom of the page:


    If you have any questions about what we have written about our cookies please do not hesitate to contact us. All of our websites include this cookie information under our "Privacy" sections.

    I am sorry you felt that reading this article was a waste of time. If you have a solution as to how we can solve the fuel prices debate once and for all please let us know.

    All the best

      Mike Gardener June 17, 2012

      Hi Hannah,

      Yes I am aware that is where information regarding your cookies can be found. I think you have been misinformed regarding the cookie law, it has to be prominent take a look at the BBC site or the telegraph for example, the whole point of the EU Cookie policy was so people stopped just putting information about their cookies in the footer of their site where no one will see it.

      In your policy you have not touched on the fact that when people click on an affiliate link, a cookie is placed which tracks them to see if they buy anything, then you are given a percentage, people need to know this by law they do not want to be tracked and can either leave or turn cookies off. You mention affiliated sites but not the cookies...

      Ironic because at the top of your policy it says: "revise this Privacy Policy in the future to comply with any applicable European regulations" which you clearly haven't done.

      Regarding the article, I have no solution, I just remember the days when petrolprices.com would blog about interesting and helpful stuff.


        Neil Sweeney June 18, 2012

        Hi Mike,

        In regards to your original post on there not being an option to opt out of use of cookies, this was changed at the 11th hour before the law came into effect and so, to our understanding, we are not required to have said option on our site as we are allowed to presume "implied consent". If you do not wish to accept cookies any more then may I suggest reading over this document though doing so may affect your experience of the site.

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          Mike Gardener June 18, 2012

          Hi Neil,

          Yes you're correct, there doesn't need to be an opt out option (I meant me turning off cookies in my browser if I wanted to).

          even though you presume complied consent we still need to be told, and there needs to be a more clear way of telling users about cookies, not a footer link, I guess you guys use affiliate window, they sent a really helpful document explaining the policy! And if you have read the new 'Affiliate Window' T&C's they now also require you to do this, what it comes down to is a footer link to yours cookie page is not good enough, its not even titles 'cookies'.

        Hannah Bird June 18, 2012

        Hi Mike,

        All of the developers at PetrolPrices.com have done a lot of research regarding the change in the law to make sure we are compliant. You should hear back from one of them today who is going to explain the law in more detail to you and the steps we take to make sure we are within the law.

        As for the blog post, I appreciate your feedback and myself and the team are planning on working on more blog posts in the future. Please let us know if there is any topic that relates to fuel that you would like us to explore more in the future.

        All the best

      Ronnie Hall June 16, 2012

      Just read these posts on this website. In particular I thought your reply to Mike was hilarious (maybe it wasn't meant to be) I just fell about laughing...well answered ;-) If joe public had a sensible answer to this he certainly wouldnt be joe public for much longer.

Colin Creagh June 15, 2012

Went past asda Queensferry and it was £1.32.7 so your price is wrong.

    Darren Stead June 19, 2012

    Every time I look at this site prices are wrong, I thought this was the site you can update prices yourself, forgotten what that was, unless thats what this site used to be.

    Hannah Bird June 15, 2012

    Hi Colin,

    Thanks for highlighting this. Were you referring to the price being wrong in the article? If so the prices in the article are an average price for the country as a whole and this may be why they differ to the Asda at Queensferry. If you are referring to the price on your search results please contact our support for further details.

    All the best