The cost of filling a large family car with petrol rose to almost £100 yesterday, as forecourt prices reached record heights.
The AA said the cost of unleaded petrol reached a new peak of 140.2p a litre, piling the pressure on already-stretched motorists. The price is equivalent to £6.37 a gallon. Diesel also hit a record high of 146.7p a litre, the motoring association said. Filling a large family car with a 70-litre tank — such as a Ford Mondeo — with unleaded petrol now costs £98, a rise of £6 since the start of the year. A diesel family car now costs £103 to fill, £5 more than at the start of the year. Experts say the cost of unleaded petrol is likely to spiral towards 150p a litre by the end of the summer, particularly as George Osborne refused to cancel the proposed August fuel duty rise in the Budget this week. Motoring groups said the rise in the cost of petrol was hurting drivers. Paul Watters, the AA’s head of public affairs, said the organisation had “long suspected” that successive governments underestimated the impact that rising fuel costs had on families and businesses.