UK diesel prices reach record high in blow to households and businesses

UK diesel prices have reached a record high at the pumps, one week after petrol prices hit their highest ever level in a blow to hard-hit households and small businesses.

关于 12.5 million diesel car drivers faced an average price across the UK of 147.94p a litre on 31 十月, narrowly surpassing the previous high of 147.93p set on 12 四月 2012.

Diesel prices have risen by 30p a litre over the last year, driven higher by a sharp rebound in global oil markets, making a full 55-litre tank £16 more expensive. A 55-litre tank of diesel will now cost about £81, up from £65 a year ago, according to the motoring group RAC.

The record pump price for diesel followed one week after the average daily price for a litre of petrol reached a record 142.94p, in what was described as a “truly dark day for drivers”.

Businesses in particular are expected to bear the brunt of the record diesel prices, according to the RAC. The UK has 4.5m vans, most of which run on diesel, 和 525,000 heavy goods vehicles.

Simon Williams, a spokesperson for RAC, said although the new record was expected after the historic petrol price highs it was “still another body blow to drivers and businesses across the country who were already struggling to cope with rising prices”.

“As well as hitting household budgets this will have a knock-on effect on the price we pay for goods and services as diesel is very much the fuel of business and, as such, will contribute further to inflation,“ 他加了.

Fears over a cost of living crisis this winter have kept a lid on fuel duty. In last week’s autumn budget statement, 里希·苏纳克 scrapped plans to introduce a 2.84p hike in fuel duty that was expected to cost drivers up to an extra £66 a car each year.

Pump prices have climbed steadily in line with global oil market prices, which have more than doubled from about $40 (£29) a barrel a year ago to about $85 in recent weeks because of a sudden rise in post-pandemic energy demand.

“While the price of diesel on the forecourt has primarily shot up due the cost of a barrel of oil doubling in the last year from about $40 to more than $80, the price of biodiesel is now two-and-a-half times what it was 12 months ago,” Williams said.

Global oil prices are expected to continue to rise this year, and many banks have raised their market price forecasts to between $90 和 $100 a barrel. Larry Fink, the chairman and chief executive of US investment giant BlackRock, said last week: “We’re looking at a high probability of $100 oil.”