Warning over ‘fuel price emergency’

Campaigners have warned of a fuel emergency after the price of a litre of unleaded reached £1.40 at one garage in England.

The BP garage in Kent was charging 140.9 pence per litre, which campaign group Fair Fuel UK said could be the highest price recorded so far. The forecourt on the M2 near Rainham, Gillingham, was also pictured selling a litre of diesel at 144.9 pence per litre.

In February the average UK price for petrol was around 128.65p per litre, with diesel at 133.38p.

Fair Fuel UK spokesman Peter Carroll said: “These prices are shocking. My reaction to these prices is one of horror, of what it will do to the economy, what it will do to people and what it will do to business. They will be crushed by this. We are being pushed into a fuel price crisis.”

The findings on fuel prices come as Chancellor George Osborne delivered a strong hint that a 1p fuel duty hike due in April will be scrapped amid fears over soaring oil prices.

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