Huge petrol and diesel price differences as fuel value plummets
Drivers have been left scratching their heads due to huge differences in fuel prices across the area.
Those in need of their cars for essential work are discovering startling variations in prices at the forecourts.
On Monday (April 6) unleaded petrol from Morrisons in Stamford stood at 106.p per litre, while diesel was 113.9p.
Elsewhere in Bourne, at the Express garage in North Street, unleaded petrol was was 111.9p per litre, while diesel was 116.9p.
And in Oakham, the Co-op petrol station in Burley Road was the cheapest locally with petrol coming in at 104.9p, while diesel was 109.9p.
Figures show the average cost of a litre of petrol was £1.12 last Monday, compared with £1.20 seven days earlier — the largest drop since 2003.
Many supermarkets have slashed their prices as a result of the sudden drop in the value of oil amid the coronavirus crisis.
Howard Cox, from the FairFuelUK campaign group, wants companies to dramatically lower their prices.
He said: "In an extraordinary time where we all must adhere to government advice to reduce risks to our health, the fuel supply chain has been ripping off drivers to the tune of £23.8 million per day.
"Every time oil prices change, it must be scrutinised by an independent PumpWatch body."
FairFuelUK claims that, since Christmas, the average petrol car owner is paying £11 more to fill up their tank than necessary.
Petrol is now less than £1 at some forecourts, but experts believe prices will drop further.
A spokesman for AA said: "Pump prices are beginning to reflect the plunge in costs but there is much further for them to fall.
"Lower pump prices are not an excuse for people with cars to break the lockdown and drive unnecessary journeys."