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Petrol Falls By 'Largest Ever Amount' After UK Goes Into Lockdown

Petrol Falls By 'Largest Ever Amount' After UK Goes Into Lockdown

With the UK now in the throes of a battle to get the coronavirus outbreak under control, the country has almost come to a complete standstill after being put on a three-week lockdown.

But while this has caused major disruption to millions of lives, it has also had a knock-on effect on petrol prices, with drivers now paying incredibly low prices to fill up their motors.

According to reports, supermarket giants Morrison's and Asda have slashed about 8p off the price off diesel and 12p off unleaded.

This means shoppers who fill up at Asda will pay no more than 108.7p-a-litre on diesel and 102p-a-litre on unleaded, it's understood.

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Motoring experts say this kind of drop in price has never been seen before.

Speaking to The Sun, RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams admitted that this was new territory for the industry.

Morrison's has slashed the price of its petrol because of the coronavirus outbreak. Credit: PA
Morrison's has slashed the price of its petrol because of the coronavirus outbreak. Credit: PA

He said: "These unprecedented times are leading to unprecedented price cuts on fuel - the largest single cut from a retailer we've ever seen.

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"The price of oil has fallen so far - down to an 18-year low - that it was inevitable that pump prices would eventually follow suit.

"These savings will directly benefit those people who continue to rely on their vehicles for essential journeys.

"It is vital however that drivers heed government advice and only travel if it is absolutely needed."

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While Luke Bosdet, the AA's fuel price spokesman, told the publication that it was one of the very few positives to come out of the pandemic.

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He added: said: "Such a huge cut in pump prices is very welcome. It is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise gloomy outlook.

Experts believe it is the largest price drop ever. Credit: PA
Experts believe it is the largest price drop ever. Credit: PA
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"However, we urge drivers to think carefully before making unnecessary road trips that may put them in proximity of other people."

This comes after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that people will only be allowed out to shop, exercise once a day, for any medical need, to help vulnerable, or to travel to and from work.

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The PM said measures would be revisited in three weeks and the outbreak was being kept under 'constant review'.

He said: "That's all - these are the only reasons you should leave your home. You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say 'no'.

"You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.

"You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine - and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can."

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It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

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