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[英伦广角] 【整理】2010-12-19 油价节节高

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Just when many households are watching every penny, there is another thing to budget for, the cost of filling up your car. Petrol prices ended last week on a record high and that trend looked set to continue.

The record price yesterday of 122.28 for unleaded petrol. That's likely to carry on increasing right through to the end of the year. And then of course we have got the double whammy coming in with the government taking yet more tax by where the duty escalates.

The AA is calling on the government not to increase both duty and VAT on fuel in the new year to ease the pressure on drivers. But there are several other factors pushing up petrol prices.

The cold weather has been affecting deliveries as well as the supply and demand at the pump. Also in the winter, the cost of heating oil increases, and that has a knock-on effect on the petrol prices here. Now the AA is advising drivers to shop around for the cheapest prices. But the fact is, if you want to drive, you're gonna  have to pay that little bit more.

Over the last month, the price of petrol has gone up by just 73 pence a litre while the increase in diesel has been a little more. This is largely down to the increase in cost of crude oil that now stands at just over 90 dollars a barrel, forcing up the value of wholesale of petrol.

All these figures aren’t welcome news for motorists, many of whom have been forced to cut back on journeys.

For those you have to keep on using their cars, they pay through the nose for the fuel. It's a life blood of the UK economy, life blood of families and business and yet it's not regulated, we don't have a regulator for our fuel prices, we just have to pay the going rates which is too high at the moment.

But this is only the start to a harsh winter and it looks like it's going to be a costly one for those who are dependent on their own vehicles to get around.
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