Gasoline and diesel rise more than 40% compared to last year

Rising fuel costs have seen the price of petrol rise 11.5% in the last fortnight with new calls for further cuts in taxes on petrol and diesel.

Since June 1, the average price of gasoline at the pump has gone from €1.91 to €2.13.

Based on current prices, AA Ireland said it would cost around €108 to fill an average car with petrol, 41% more expensive than last year and 66% more expensive than in 2020.

Diesel is now 45% more expensive than last year, going from €1.41 per liter to €2.05 per liter.

It also found that the average motorist will spend €750 more this year than last year driving a petrol car, while diesel car drivers will spend €640 more than in 2021.

AA Ireland spokesman Paddy Comyn said the price is influenced by a number of factors, including demand, the war in Ukraine and the “driving” season in the US.

“Obviously it’s kind of a perfect storm right now for the consumer because the price of a barrel of oil is so high,” he said.

“The war in Ukraine has caused that, but also the refineries are making huge profits, and the government is said to be earning €25m a month more than 12 months ago,” he added.

While gas stations across the country remain busy, retailers say they have seen a drop in demand for fuel, with fewer consumers filling their tanks to capacity.

Separately, the Irish Petroleum Retailers Association is urging the Justice Minister to give them access to a national database of licensed drivers and vehicles as they see an increase in the number of motorists driving off without paying. the fuel.

IPRA spokesman David Blevings said retailers in the UK can access the vehicle ownership database, allowing them to track down who drives away without paying.

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