Downing Street has responded to concerns about rising fuel prices at the pumps.
It comes after auto companies urged the government to ease the burden on the petrol pumps through a temporary cut in sales tax.
RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said, “This is a really dark day for drivers that we hoped we wouldn’t see again after the high prices in April 2012. This will put a strain on many household budgets and will undoubtedly have an impact ”on the economy as a whole.
“The big question now is, ‘Where will it stop and what will gasoline cost?’
“If oil hits $ 100 a barrel, we could very easily see the average price rise to 150 pence a liter.
“Although many people no longer drive as much as in the past due to the pandemic, drivers tell us that they are just as dependent on their cars and that many simply have no choice but to drive. Those on lower incomes who have to drive to work will have serious problems finding the extra cash on the gasoline they so desperately need.
“We urge the government to ease the burden on the pumps by temporarily lowering VAT and that the largest retailers reduce the amount they make on every liter of gasoline back to pre-pandemic levels.”
AA fuel price spokesman Luke Bosdet said, “Whether it’s oil producers, market speculators, state taxes or struggling retailers trying to balance their margins, record pump prices must tell drivers it is time to switch to electr.
“There is no escaping poorer motorists, many of whom are now faced with daily charges for driving in cities. It’s a return to cutting other consumer spending, perhaps even on heating or food, to keep the car that brings you to work on the road. “
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We recognize that rising fuel costs are a challenge for the UK public.
“We continue to provide assistance to those who need it on the cost of living.”
Before the budget draft on Wednesday, the spokesman did not want to know whether Rishi Sunak would raise the fuel tax, which put additional burdens on motorists.
When asked if fuel giants should reap their profits instead of passing rising prices on to drivers, the spokesman said, “We always want vendors to make sure they are delivering good value to their customers.”
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