RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning has blasted “predatory pricing” techniques adopted by those in control of forecourt fuel prices in the wake of the tanker driver strike threat, claiming it is harming the economy and is unfair to motorists.
“We have no doubt that diesel prices at the forecourt have rocketed as a result of the uncertainty caused by the threat of a tanker drivers’ strike,” said Mr Dunning.
“Retailers have doubled their profit margin on diesel over the past month. While the wholesale price of diesel has come down, none of this has been passed on to road users and if anything the price at the pump has gone up.
“There is no justification whatever for this excessive charging. Profit margins on diesel were already reasonable and have now doubled to around 7.4 pence a litre.
“This aggressive pricing amounts to more than the Chancellor’s hugely unwelcome duty increase due on August 1, when fuel tax goes up by 3.02 pence per litre.
“The predatory pricing by retailers is a severe blow the economy and, of particular concern to the RHA, to smaller hauliers who do not have their own bulk fuel supplies but make payments linked to forecourt prices.”
He concluded, “If this goes on any longer, the RHA is considering referring forecourt pricing to the Office of Fair Trading.”