Chancellor's fuel tax postponement hint
The Chancellor is under mounting pressure to stem the rising cost of motoring, with unleaded petrol prices at an average of 116.1p a litre and diesel at 129.4p a litre.
Darling said: 'I'm very aware that people are facing an increasing burden every time they fill up their car's tank. There is an increase due in October. I will look at that closer to the time and if I judge it right, I am prepared to postpone that increase.'
Figures compiled by accountants Grant Thornton suggest that in the 81 days since the March Budget, rising oil prices have generated £1.1 billion in taxes for the Government.
This is made up of £900 million from taxes on North Sea oil companies and £200 million from pump-based taxes.