Petrol prices on the rise again

Bournemouth Echo: Petrol prices on the rise again Petrol prices on the rise again

SOARING pump prices have hit summer drivers in Bournemouth as the price of fuel has crept up during the last three weeks.

The AA confirmed the UK is suffering from another ‘surge’ and called for greater transparency in fuel prices.

Research by the Daily Echo shows savings can still be made by picking the right forecourts across the conurbation.

Drivers and haulage companies have voiced their concerns about the steady increase in the cost of fuel throughout July.

Keith Trickett, owner of Bournemouth-based Haulage company Cole HJ Ltd, said: “The change in petrol prices has an absolutely massive effect, but it is completely out of our control and we get no guidance.

“We ring up each week to find out the petrol prices and they vary by two or three pence every week.”

Michael Hutchins from Poole said: “I do a lot of driving for my job and I have noticed the cost of my journeys increasing. It’s very frustrating.”

David Boyce, 38, from Branksome said: “I’m really careful about which filling stations I go to because the prices can vary significantly.”

There is currently no information centre in the UK which provides details about the upcoming changes in the price of fuel. 

Richard Green said: “I think there should be a website where drivers can see what the prices will be over the next 10 days or so, so they can plan the best time to buy.”

Chairman of Bournemouth Station Taxi Association, Ashley Miller, pictured, said: “My fuel price has gone up by about 3ppl this month, but when it goes up, it goes up, there’s not much you can do about it.”

Shirley Cross, 22, said: “I’ve only just started driving, but I have definitely noticed the prices slowly creeping up over the last month.”

AA spokesman Luke Bosdet said: “Unfortunately we are suffering from another surge in petrol prices because the pound is weak and stock market speculators are pushing up the price of wholesale oil.

“We need more transparency in the market. The simple fact is that drivers in the UK are kept completely in the dark.”

The Branksome Tesco is one of the best value filling stations at 135.9p for unleaded and 139.9p for diesel on July 29.

The Esso in Bath Road was slightly more expensive at 136.9 for unleaded and 140.9 for diesel.

One of the most expensive prices in the Bournemouth area can be found at the BP Spur End service station which sells unleaded at 146.9p and diesel at 149.9p.

Data from PetrolPrices.com shows the average price has steadily increased by around a penny a litre each week for the last month.

The Esso in Holdenhurst Road and Texaco filling station in Charminster Road had identical prices on July 29, with 138.9p for unleaded and 142.9 for diesel.

The UK average for petrol in July is 135.8p, up by 1.2p and the average for diesel is 140.2p up by 1.1p. This is the fourth surge in 15 months according to the AA spokesman.

Mr Bosdet said: “After the price of petrol stabilised at around 134.6p a litre it was perhaps inevitable that fuel market speculators would cast a black cloud over what was promising to be a glorious summer.”

 

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9:09am Tue 30 Jul 13

BIGTONE says...

They creep up prices hoping nobody notices.
They creep up prices hoping nobody notices. BIGTONE
  • Score: 2

9:15am Tue 30 Jul 13

rayc says...

BP has set aside an extra 1.4 billion US dollars (£913 million) in compensation for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Who do you think is going to pay for it?
BP has set aside an extra 1.4 billion US dollars (£913 million) in compensation for the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Who do you think is going to pay for it? rayc
  • Score: -3

9:19am Tue 30 Jul 13

Jim_Springbourne says...

That photo is Spur End on Castle Lane East where diesel has been £1.49 for months (even with Tesco being up to 12p cheaper). Always charge top whack there.
That photo is Spur End on Castle Lane East where diesel has been £1.49 for months (even with Tesco being up to 12p cheaper). Always charge top whack there. Jim_Springbourne
  • Score: 5

9:22am Tue 30 Jul 13

BoscVegas says...

BIGTONE wrote:
They creep up prices hoping nobody notices.
That seems to be the current policy of everybody who sells a product at the moment. My super.market is doing the exact same thing every time I go a different price.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: They creep up prices hoping nobody notices.[/p][/quote]That seems to be the current policy of everybody who sells a product at the moment. My super.market is doing the exact same thing every time I go a different price. BoscVegas
  • Score: 0

9:24am Tue 30 Jul 13

BIGTONE says...

BoscVegas wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
They creep up prices hoping nobody notices.
That seems to be the current policy of everybody who sells a product at the moment. My super.market is doing the exact same thing every time I go a different price.
The problem is....they have us all by the short and curleys and they know it.
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: They creep up prices hoping nobody notices.[/p][/quote]That seems to be the current policy of everybody who sells a product at the moment. My super.market is doing the exact same thing every time I go a different price.[/p][/quote]The problem is....they have us all by the short and curleys and they know it. BIGTONE
  • Score: 2

9:24am Tue 30 Jul 13

The irate commuter says...

Why does any idiot use the BP garage at Castle Lane ???

Drive past it every date & can say I have not used for about 12 years

BP ? Blatent Profitering !!
Why does any idiot use the BP garage at Castle Lane ??? Drive past it every date & can say I have not used for about 12 years BP ? Blatent Profitering !! The irate commuter
  • Score: 8

9:42am Tue 30 Jul 13

BmthNewshound says...

I worked in the petrol retail industry for 4 years. We operated petrol stations across the UK and I was surprised how low the profit on selling petrol was. It was the shop sales and car wash that kept most sites open which is why a lot of petrol stations now have convenience stores attached.
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The problem for the industry is that it is highly taxed so even the most modest increase in price is distorted by the duty and VAT. Approx 75 - 80 pence in every pound is tax. I think one of the solutions is to fix the duty on petrol, similar to the way duty is charged on alcohol so that when wholesale prices increase the duty doesn't also increase.
I worked in the petrol retail industry for 4 years. We operated petrol stations across the UK and I was surprised how low the profit on selling petrol was. It was the shop sales and car wash that kept most sites open which is why a lot of petrol stations now have convenience stores attached. . The problem for the industry is that it is highly taxed so even the most modest increase in price is distorted by the duty and VAT. Approx 75 - 80 pence in every pound is tax. I think one of the solutions is to fix the duty on petrol, similar to the way duty is charged on alcohol so that when wholesale prices increase the duty doesn't also increase. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 1

9:42am Tue 30 Jul 13

cromwell9 says...

VAUXHALL HAVE A 21ST CENTURY CAR CALLED THE AMPERA.
Its all electric, never runs out of power .
It does 50 miles on a charge .when that runs out .A 2 GALLON PETROL GENERATER cuts in and delivers 500 miles on 2 gallons.
0 to sixty in 6sec. A very fast 4 door cruiser .
The car is guarenteed for 100,00 mile ,including the battery.
It is the best car i have ever bought.
look it up on line .GM have just stuffed the oil company ,and the chancelor.
VAUXHALL HAVE A 21ST CENTURY CAR CALLED THE AMPERA. Its all electric, never runs out of power . It does 50 miles on a charge .when that runs out .A 2 GALLON PETROL GENERATER cuts in and delivers 500 miles on 2 gallons. 0 to sixty in 6sec. A very fast 4 door cruiser . The car is guarenteed for 100,00 mile ,including the battery. It is the best car i have ever bought. look it up on line .GM have just stuffed the oil company ,and the chancelor. cromwell9
  • Score: -2

9:43am Tue 30 Jul 13

Bosmike says...

Why is Castle lane always the dearest for fuel. Spur end what you have shown,
And the COOP never display their prices, and Tesco always dearer than other Tesco outlets!
Why is Castle lane always the dearest for fuel. Spur end what you have shown, And the COOP never display their prices, and Tesco always dearer than other Tesco outlets! Bosmike
  • Score: 1

9:53am Tue 30 Jul 13

Mudefordman says...

where I live the price of fuel seems to varies between Shell and BP every few days, so you don't know which day to go and fill up, also the 10p off a litre at the moment run by Sainsburys is no good to me as the filling station is 12 miles away at Ferndown., so that's a 24mile round trip.
where I live the price of fuel seems to varies between Shell and BP every few days, so you don't know which day to go and fill up, also the 10p off a litre at the moment run by Sainsburys is no good to me as the filling station is 12 miles away at Ferndown., so that's a 24mile round trip. Mudefordman
  • Score: 1

10:28am Tue 30 Jul 13

r-westy says...

Why does anybody buy fuel from the BP station next to the hospital, they are clearly robbing people.
Why does anybody buy fuel from the BP station next to the hospital, they are clearly robbing people. r-westy
  • Score: 6

11:16am Tue 30 Jul 13

Jetwasher says...

Jim_Springbourne wrote:
That photo is Spur End on Castle Lane East where diesel has been £1.49 for months (even with Tesco being up to 12p cheaper). Always charge top whack there.
Robbing B stars would never fill up there
[quote][p][bold]Jim_Springbourne[/bold] wrote: That photo is Spur End on Castle Lane East where diesel has been £1.49 for months (even with Tesco being up to 12p cheaper). Always charge top whack there.[/p][/quote]Robbing B stars would never fill up there Jetwasher
  • Score: 0

11:24am Tue 30 Jul 13

djd says...

Wouldn't have been anything to do with the hot weather and the increase in demand due to the weather, would it ?
Petrol retailers always quick to grasp an opportunity to put prices up, yet not so quick to put them down.
Wouldn't have been anything to do with the hot weather and the increase in demand due to the weather, would it ? Petrol retailers always quick to grasp an opportunity to put prices up, yet not so quick to put them down. djd
  • Score: -2

11:28am Tue 30 Jul 13

PokesdownMark says...

Shop around folks!

I also wonder why people use the expensive BP garage. I wonder if its people with fuel cards from their employers who are therefore not bothered about paying less? They'd rather go somewhere which is most unlikely to have a queue perhaps?
Shop around folks! I also wonder why people use the expensive BP garage. I wonder if its people with fuel cards from their employers who are therefore not bothered about paying less? They'd rather go somewhere which is most unlikely to have a queue perhaps? PokesdownMark
  • Score: 2

11:41am Tue 30 Jul 13

hadvar says...

Favourite thing about fuel prices: you pay both VAT and duty on it, but they calculate the VAT based on the cost after the duty has been added. So you are taxed on the tax as well as the product. In any other walk of life, that's called fraud.
Favourite thing about fuel prices: you pay both VAT and duty on it, but they calculate the VAT based on the cost after the duty has been added. So you are taxed on the tax as well as the product. In any other walk of life, that's called fraud. hadvar
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Tue 30 Jul 13

The Games Up says...

Most garages pump prices are up , once the schools close & holiday makers show up the locals who support year in year out all the garages around here get ripped off by greed , come September & the pump price will drop .
If we all gave Shell BP or Tesco a miss for 2 months your see the prices drop .
Most garages pump prices are up , once the schools close & holiday makers show up the locals who support year in year out all the garages around here get ripped off by greed , come September & the pump price will drop . If we all gave Shell BP or Tesco a miss for 2 months your see the prices drop . The Games Up
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Muddyford Mick says...

A few years ago, the British people would not have stood for the continuing rises in fuel duty. The people brought the country to a stop by blockading the fuel dumps, and the people won the battle but unfortunately lost the war, because although there have been multiple opportunities to do the same again we, the British, have decided not to fight the rises. If the price was to rise to £1:75 per litre, we would moan, and groan, but the suppliers and government know they can do this and we the Brits, will do absolutely nothing about it.
A few years ago, the British people would not have stood for the continuing rises in fuel duty. The people brought the country to a stop by blockading the fuel dumps, and the people won the battle but unfortunately lost the war, because although there have been multiple opportunities to do the same again we, the British, have decided not to fight the rises. If the price was to rise to £1:75 per litre, we would moan, and groan, but the suppliers and government know they can do this and we the Brits, will do absolutely nothing about it. Muddyford Mick
  • Score: 0

1:40pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Justin Black says...

I agree entirely with Muddyford Mick. We tend to say negative things about the French, but they have something we no longer have, and that is the fighting spirit. Rather than fight for our rights, and for what we believe in, we fight each other with knives.
If this country suffered a threat of invasion similar to WWII, I doubt very much if the population of this country would stand hand in hand to stop any such invasion. What we would do is to stand along the coastline, stabbing each other, hitting each other with brick and bottles, We would not show the Union Flag in case it upset the invaders, we wouldn't sing victory songs in case it upset our invaders, we would no longer have Chaplains there to offer spiritual help, in case it upset the invaders.

Fuel prices are a joke, but instead of being politically correct, isn't it time we rekindled that British fighting spirit, and fight to bring down the prices.
I agree entirely with Muddyford Mick. We tend to say negative things about the French, but they have something we no longer have, and that is the fighting spirit. Rather than fight for our rights, and for what we believe in, we fight each other with knives. If this country suffered a threat of invasion similar to WWII, I doubt very much if the population of this country would stand hand in hand to stop any such invasion. What we would do is to stand along the coastline, stabbing each other, hitting each other with brick and bottles, We would not show the Union Flag in case it upset the invaders, we wouldn't sing victory songs in case it upset our invaders, we would no longer have Chaplains there to offer spiritual help, in case it upset the invaders. Fuel prices are a joke, but instead of being politically correct, isn't it time we rekindled that British fighting spirit, and fight to bring down the prices. Justin Black
  • Score: -2

2:04pm Tue 30 Jul 13

FNS-man says...

If fuel prices are so high, then why is there so much traffic and congestion? And why do I see so many people driving to work on their own? If it was that expensive then they would walk, cycle, catch the bus or a combination. Everyone on the road can't be disable or a tradesman, can they?
If fuel prices are so high, then why is there so much traffic and congestion? And why do I see so many people driving to work on their own? If it was that expensive then they would walk, cycle, catch the bus or a combination. Everyone on the road can't be disable or a tradesman, can they? FNS-man
  • Score: 4

2:21pm Tue 30 Jul 13

adspacebroker says...

Seeing as the major supermarkets insist on price fixing by hiding behind a policy which matches their nearest competitor when the supermarkets wholesale price is much cheaper than the competitor in the first place! You may be pleased to know that the Esso Station on Ashley Road now takes Tesco Club card and the fuel proce is the same as or sometimes 1p cheaper than Tesco itself. Thats because Tesco within that policy only proce check twice a week!. Robbin Bustarrds
Seeing as the major supermarkets insist on price fixing by hiding behind a policy which matches their nearest competitor when the supermarkets wholesale price is much cheaper than the competitor in the first place! You may be pleased to know that the Esso Station on Ashley Road now takes Tesco Club card and the fuel proce is the same as or sometimes 1p cheaper than Tesco itself. Thats because Tesco within that policy only proce check twice a week!. Robbin Bustarrds adspacebroker
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Wackerone says...

FNS-man wrote:
If fuel prices are so high, then why is there so much traffic and congestion? And why do I see so many people driving to work on their own? If it was that expensive then they would walk, cycle, catch the bus or a combination. Everyone on the road can't be disable or a tradesman, can they?
Totally agreed. Just walked from Parkstone to Westbourne. Absolute gridlock at Redlands on the roundabout! Further down the road Branksome Tesco filling station has queues at every pump stretching out to the entrance. Two young girls that I know have just passed their tests and paying circa £300 per month insurance on cars with near enough scrap value, so what's a few pence to these people who must have their daily 'fix' of fuel. Sorry, if petrol was £5 per litre, people would still pay it and probably starve before giving up their beloved motorcar. Speaking personally, they can stick it up to £10 per ltr, I couldn't care less.
[quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: If fuel prices are so high, then why is there so much traffic and congestion? And why do I see so many people driving to work on their own? If it was that expensive then they would walk, cycle, catch the bus or a combination. Everyone on the road can't be disable or a tradesman, can they?[/p][/quote]Totally agreed. Just walked from Parkstone to Westbourne. Absolute gridlock at Redlands on the roundabout! Further down the road Branksome Tesco filling station has queues at every pump stretching out to the entrance. Two young girls that I know have just passed their tests and paying circa £300 per month insurance on cars with near enough scrap value, so what's a few pence to these people who must have their daily 'fix' of fuel. Sorry, if petrol was £5 per litre, people would still pay it and probably starve before giving up their beloved motorcar. Speaking personally, they can stick it up to £10 per ltr, I couldn't care less. Wackerone
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Tue 30 Jul 13

boardsandphotos says...

The Games Up wrote:
Most garages pump prices are up , once the schools close & holiday makers show up the locals who support year in year out all the garages around here get ripped off by greed , come September & the pump price will drop .
If we all gave Shell BP or Tesco a miss for 2 months your see the prices drop .
It's a nice idea in theory unfortunately BP and Esso own the majority of the refineries in the UK (of which there are only a handful anyway) and sell their fuel on the open market to the super markets and independents so good luck with that. If nobody buys fuel from their petrol stations they will sell it at a price that makes up their margins elsewhere.

Additionally, just to give everyone that doesn't know how fuel cost is broken down in the UK - If you take this 2011 example of Unleaded Petrol at £1.34 per litre it breaks down as 58p on Duty / 45.2p for the cost of the oil / 22.4p on VAT / 1.5p on the cost of refining / 7.1p retail margin.

So if anyone has an issue with the cost of fuel, i would suggest you direct your frustration at Central Government and not at BP or Esso.
[quote][p][bold]The Games Up[/bold] wrote: Most garages pump prices are up , once the schools close & holiday makers show up the locals who support year in year out all the garages around here get ripped off by greed , come September & the pump price will drop . If we all gave Shell BP or Tesco a miss for 2 months your see the prices drop .[/p][/quote]It's a nice idea in theory unfortunately BP and Esso own the majority of the refineries in the UK (of which there are only a handful anyway) and sell their fuel on the open market to the super markets and independents so good luck with that. If nobody buys fuel from their petrol stations they will sell it at a price that makes up their margins elsewhere. Additionally, just to give everyone that doesn't know how fuel cost is broken down in the UK - If you take this 2011 example of Unleaded Petrol at £1.34 per litre it breaks down as 58p on Duty / 45.2p for the cost of the oil / 22.4p on VAT / 1.5p on the cost of refining / 7.1p retail margin. So if anyone has an issue with the cost of fuel, i would suggest you direct your frustration at Central Government and not at BP or Esso. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 0

9:22pm Tue 30 Jul 13

alasdair1967 says...

Jim_Springbourne wrote:
That photo is Spur End on Castle Lane East where diesel has been £1.49 for months (even with Tesco being up to 12p cheaper). Always charge top whack there.
So based on those figures I've just put 70 litres in my work van hasten to add not at spur end for the sake of driving a little further to tesco I would have saved £8.40 on that single fill absolutely amazed that spur end can remain in business with those extortionate rates I don't know a single local who actually uses that garage
[quote][p][bold]Jim_Springbourne[/bold] wrote: That photo is Spur End on Castle Lane East where diesel has been £1.49 for months (even with Tesco being up to 12p cheaper). Always charge top whack there.[/p][/quote]So based on those figures I've just put 70 litres in my work van hasten to add not at spur end for the sake of driving a little further to tesco I would have saved £8.40 on that single fill absolutely amazed that spur end can remain in business with those extortionate rates I don't know a single local who actually uses that garage alasdair1967
  • Score: 1

10:06pm Tue 30 Jul 13

bosco1 says...

Boycott BP Garages as they are the most expensive.!!
Boycott BP Garages as they are the most expensive.!! bosco1
  • Score: 1

10:12pm Tue 30 Jul 13

bosco1 says...

I filled up in Esso Garage on Monday and they take the tesco points card. The esso in Charminster. Never use the BP Garage in Boscombe next to Aldi they are very expensive.
I filled up in Esso Garage on Monday and they take the tesco points card. The esso in Charminster. Never use the BP Garage in Boscombe next to Aldi they are very expensive. bosco1
  • Score: 0

2:09am Wed 31 Jul 13

Tony Trent says...

It seems too much of a co-incidence that there are two points each year when petrol prices always seem to go up - Easter & the beginning of school summer holidays. I would be very surprised if the rises are always in tandem with oil price increases and/or currency fluctuations. I was amazed that two enquiries into price fixing gave the oil companies a clean bill of health.
It seems too much of a co-incidence that there are two points each year when petrol prices always seem to go up - Easter & the beginning of school summer holidays. I would be very surprised if the rises are always in tandem with oil price increases and/or currency fluctuations. I was amazed that two enquiries into price fixing gave the oil companies a clean bill of health. Tony Trent
  • Score: 0

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