Pain at the pump

Petrol Prices at Grassmoor.
Petrol Prices at Grassmoor.

CASH-STRAPPED Derbyshire motorists have spoken of their pain as petrol and diesel costs rocket following unrest in the Middle East.

In Chesterfield, fuel prices have spiralled in recent weeks, with average prices hitting 130.54p for a litre of unleaded petrol and 136.60p for a litre of diesel, according to comparison website earlier this week.

Clowne mum-of-two Emma Salt (39) said: “Like a lot of people, I’m finding myself splashing out more at the petrol station.

“I’ve gone from spending around £20 per week to up to £35 a week – it is pretty painful – and prices will go up and up, I fear.”

On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook group, Julia Hawkins commented: “When fuel prices go up, people don’t spend money. This doesn’t just affect everyday drivers – our businesses and the economy take a hit, too.”

Suzanne Underwood said: “How can people afford to travel far to find work?”

Nicky Boam commented: “Soon something will have to give.”

Peter Carroll, spokesman for campaign group Fair Fuel UK, said: “These petrol and diesel prices are shocking and horrifying.

“What will they do to the economy? What will they do to people? What will they do to business? They will be crushed by this.

“We are being pushed into a fuel price crisis.”

Pump prices have rocketed as a result of political and economic turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa.

And tougher times could be on the cards for motorists, with warnings of more hikes in oil prices and the Government may raise fuel duty by a penny above the rate of inflation on April 1.

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