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UK petrol prices under scrutiny

The AA has undertaken a detailed review of petrol prices in UK and highlighted the fact, that for the first time ever, even the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are cheaper than many motorway service stations up and down the UK. While the average price of petrol is around £1.07 litre, with diesel just over £1.07 a litre, rising to just under £1.11 a litre in the Highlands and Islands, some motorway service stations are charging more.

If we are totally honest, it will come as no surprise that UK motorway service stations are amongst the most expensive petrol stations in the UK although the fact that they are now charging more than some of the more remote areas of Scotland is something of a surprise. Many are now calling on the UK government to look into the sector in great detail because while the UK government takes the majority of the cost of a litre in tax, there is a feeling that some areas of the UK are being "taken for a ride".

It will be interesting to see whether the UK government breaches the subject of petrol prices because ultimately tax is by far and away the highest element in the cost of a litre of fuel. There may be cries of hypocrisy if the UK government was to criticise petrol retailers - this could be a very interesting debate!

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