The cost of living crisis is hitting new heights with fuel prices reportedly soaring to an astonishing £2.38 a litre in some parts of London.
The UK’s current average price of petrol is now £1.82 per litre, with the cost of filling up an average family car hitting £100.
However, reports by both London World and BBC Radio London found a petrol station in Sloane Avenue in South Kensington was charging 238.9p a litre for unleaded petrol and 249.9p for a litre of diesel. Simon Williams, from RAC motoring group, suggested it was one of the highest in the UK.
Elsewhere, London World reporter Claudia Marquis visited a petrol station off Battersea Park Road, where she found prices increasing before her eyes, from £1.82 to £1.85.
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The AA has issued advice for motorists amid the accelerating fuel prices and explained it is a case of looking around to find the best prices.
“There are around 8,000 petrol stations in the UK so it’s pretty hard to know where has the most expensive petrol per litre but London tends to be at the more expensive end,” said Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA.
“It also tends to be in more rural areas where it’s a little bit more expensive than normal.
“If you’re lucky enough to have a supermarket fuel station nearby, that tends to drag down prices in the area, as they have more flexibility, meaning other retailers try and bring their prices into line.
“But that effect has diminished somewhat, so it really is a case of shopping around.”
The extortionate prices have meant essential care workers have been forced to use other forms of transport, and some now cannot afford to fill up their cars.
Cousens highlighted a number of ways to deal with the current crisis, and mentioned the fuel price checker as a useful tool to compare the prices of petrol stations in your local area. He also advised AA members to download the company’s app.
“Things are volatile at the moment,” he added.
“Prices go up like a rocket and come down like a feather. We’re hoping, although it might be a bit painful for a while longer, it will settle and very slowly start coming down again.
“The much discussed national average of £2 a litre, I don’t think that will happen nationally.
“That’s not to say individual retailers as you have seen won’t get there and go above and beyond.”