Pump and circumstance

A hammer blow has been dealt to motorists as diesel has passed the 140p mark for the first time, according to the AA.

The average cost of petrol is now 133.46p a litre, up from 116.71p a year ago, with diesel at 140.01p, having risen from 129.30p last year.

These figures were released yesterday, a day before Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget is expected to scrap the planned rise in fuel duty.

AA president Edmund King said: ‘A 10p rise in the pump price of diesel since the start of the year, equivalent to an extra £5 for even the smallest of tanks, is a staggering extra burden on private and business drivers.

’Millions are desperate for the Chancellor to provide some relief through shelving the fuel duty increase scheduled for April 1.

’What clearer signal does the Chancellor need that action is needed now? Today's record fuel prices say it all.’

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