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Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum calls for motorists getting ripped off at the pumps

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Fed up motorists are feeling the pinch over rising fuel prices - amid calls for a watchdog to stop customers getting ripped off at the pumps.

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum chairman George Scott said he has received a number of complaints about the rising cost of petrol and diesel.

He feels the 5p fuel duty cut announced in the Chancellor’s Spring Statement a couple of months ago has failed to be passed on to drivers and did little to ease the pressure.

Petrol prices at the BP garage in Little London, Spalding on Monday, June 6 (57134068)
Petrol prices at the BP garage in Little London, Spalding on Monday, June 6 (57134068)

Mr Scott said: “I don’t accept it. This cut was supposed to knock 5p off a litre and I don’t see that many garages have actually done it.

“That’s just putting people back into the sorry state they were before.”

Average UK petrol prices rose by 10p in May - the second biggest monthly hike on record - with the average cost of filling a tank of diesel now creeping above £100. The RAC warns it could soon top £110 as prices rise to £2 a litre.

Mr Scott fears our area is hit more than most - with little public transport and an economy heavily reliant on lorry movements.

He added: “We are a rural county. If people can’t afford it they won’t be able to do much. It’s really going to put people out of pocket.

“The quality of life is rapidly going down.”

He called for longer term support - and better investment and promotion of public transport - adding: “These little free gifts they’re giving - the £400 and this that and the other - are short term. What happens when they run out?

“It’s a sticking plaster that comes off in the water.

“We have got to think about the bigger pitcure.”

Howard Cox, founder of FairFuelUK, is working with politicians in a bid to set up a Pump Pricing Watchdog - notionally called PumpWatch - to try to stop alleged profiteering from firms.

He said: “When oil prices rise and fall, millions of drivers have absolutely no idea what subsequently, they will pay at the pumps each time they fill up their vehicles. It is never ever the same price!

“There is no consistency, logic or clarity to the way pump prices are calculated. As stated, this calculation remains a closely guarded secret in the fuel supply chain.

“PumpWatch would give fairness and transparency to UK’s 37m drivers and would benefit the economy too.”

l The next meeting of the Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum will be held at South Holland District Council’s offices in Priory Road, Spalding on June 15.

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