Darling hits drivers

* Motorists hit with large price increase * Unleaded heading for 1 a litre * Annual increase for next four years, too...

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What Car? Staff
23 April 2009

Motorists are to be hit by large fuel price increases after Chancellor Alistair Darling announced a 2p-a-litre hike in duty.

The increase in fuel duty will commence in September and could result in unleaded nearing 1 a litre by the end of the year.

With prices currently at around 95p a litre, the price paid at the pumps will increase further still in January when the rate of VAT returns to 17.5%.

There will also be annual increases of 1p a litre in April for the next four years.

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said: 'The announcement is another brutal blow for motorists who have already witnessed a decade of non-stop increases. It's time for the Government to stop treating motorists' pockets as a bottomless pit of money and recognise their right to drive at a fair, affordable price.

'We urge the Government to abandon its preoccupation with overtaxing motorists and instead focus on providing them with a safe, reliable, efficient road network that all concerned can be proud of.