UK diesel prices 4th highest in the world
The weekly e-bulletin from the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation quotes a worldwide cost survey commissioned by This is Money from Looking4Parking.com which says that British motorists are being hit with the world's fourth most expensive diesel prices.
Diesel cars have soared in popularity in Britain in the last few years. According to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders figures, in both 2011 and 2012, diesel sales outstripped their petrol counterparts for the first time. For instance, of the 2,044,609 cars sold last year, 1,038,679 were diesel models compared to 978,089 petrol. This year, sales so far are fairly even, with 49.4 per cent sales being unleaded and 49.3 per cent diesel. Yet drivers are paying a high price to fill up those vehicles. Current diesel prices are at 141p per litre, with 86p of that being made up of fuel duty and taxes.
Elsewhere in the top ten list, European countries account for nine out of the top 10 most expensive diesel prices, with Norway coming in first place charging an average of 150p per litre.