Thursday, December 10, 2015
We are entering a period of supermarket pump pricing war that will be eagerly welcomed by 37m UK drivers. In fact, if it were not for these big 4 fuel retailers, prices on the smaller independent forecourts would probably be even higher than they are now.

At the FairFuelUK APPG pump pricing inquiry held this week in Westminster, the Petrol Retailers Association admitted to MPs that supermarkets are definitely driving down pump prices and so their 6000 members have no choice to reluctantly follow.

But with wholesale diesel at lows of 96p and petrol 97p there is absolutely no excuse for seeing the current pump prices across the UK average at the significant high levels of 109.4p (diesel) and 106.9p (petrol). They should be substantially lower and are definitely being artificially inflated for maximum profit.

Quentin Willson, Lead Campaigner for FairFuelUK said: ‘It seems the Independents are deliberately stopping fuel prices drop in line with the current wholesale prices for as long as they can get away with it. By keeping pump prices at exceptionally high levels for opportunistic profit, it is they who are stopping consumers fill their tanks at fairer market prices.’

Howard Cox, Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign said: ‘It’s already grossly wrong that UK drivers are punished with the highest fuel tax in Europe, but they are even more angered by the fact that independent garages are not passing on the latest falls in wholesale levels to the pumps in the right amounts. And even more galling to our 1.2m supporters, diesel continues to be higher priced than petrol when its wholesale cost is less. This is nothing but pure greed through consumer exploitation. The Competitions and Market Authority should investigate immediately.’ 



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[ posted by devon, 10.12.15 22:50 ]

The same supermarkets that are dying because they are no longer able to rip us off on groceries due to the likes of Aldi and Lidl!

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[ posted by mr michael murfet, 11.12.15 08:26 ]

garages have been ripping us off at the pumps for years but nobody has done anything to stop this

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[ posted by Bill, 11.12.15 09:11 ]

I only allow my fuel tank to go to the half way mark then watch fuel prices wherever I am.
As to the overpriced independent garages, the answer to them is simple.
Do the same as me, DON’T BUY FROM THEM!
They will eventually have to drop their prices to get customers back then.

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[ posted by Kathy, 11.12.15 12:13 ]

The independent or local garages do not have the bulk buying power of the supermarkets. I will not be "Doing the same" as you, I will support local garages and shops against supermarkets any day.

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[ posted by Kathy, 11.12.15 12:19 ]

Quentin Wilson independent garages have a tough time, most cannot buy in at supermarket prices, saying they are deliberately stopping fuel prices from dropping seems harsh when they struggle to compete with the giant supermarkets. I am usually in agreement with you but on this I think you are way off the mark, out local family run independent garage is struggling and comments like yours do not help.

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