Fuel prices found to be higher in Europe
The Telegraph today highlighted figures from the RAC Foundation which show that eight countries in mainland Europe are paying higher petrol prices than UK motorists. Greece is top of the list, paying the equivalent of 155p per litre on average, whilst Holland isn’t far off with 154p.
France and Belgium follow closely with 147p per litre, with Portugal and Italy faring only marginally better at 145p per litre. Finland and Germany round off the top eight, paying 142p per litre and 140p respectively.
Some countries are, however, paying significantly less, which will only fuel concerns that particular countries are being given a rough deal by suppliers. Drivers in Estonia are paying just 115p per litre for petrol, whilst Cypriot motorists are set back a mere 112p.
British holidaymakers will be pleased to know that fuelling in Spain is still relatively cheap at 123p per litre; a stark improvement on the British average of 136p.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Contrary to the myth, the price of unleaded is even more exorbitant on the continent than here in the UK.”
“Compared with the Eurozone countries, the UK is the only nation to have the same level of duty for both diesel and petrol. All other countries have a lower rate of duty for diesel than for petrol and this is reflected with the price of diesel being universally cheaper across the channel.”
Diesel is only 108p per litre on average in Luxembourg, and just 117p per litre in Spain, whilst the British average is a sky-high 140p.