Motorists will face further fuel increases after yesterdays Budget. Chancellor Alistair Darling announced that fuel duty would increase by 2p a litre in September and there would be further rises of 1p per litre for the next four Aprils.
The AA described the rises as "an unexpected bombshell", while the RAC said the announcement was "a brutal blow for motorists" and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) said the increases "could be the death knell for parts of the logistics sector".
AA president Edmund King said: "No-one was expecting another rise in September. This is a bombshell. More money will be raised from this than will be paid out in the car-scrappage scheme. "What this means is that the scrappage scheme will be paid for in a year by motorists at the pumps."
Fuel has recently slipped below 90p a litre at the pumps petrol prices approximately 95p a litre with this month's planned Government fuel duty rise adding 2.12p a litre on prices.