Fuel prices surge in September

The price of diesel rose 8p a litre in September, with petrol up 4.5p during the month.

Diesel increased from 154.78p to 163.11p, making it the fifth largest rise since 2000. At the same time, petrol went up from 152.49p to 157.01p, its 13th biggest monthly jump in price in the last 23 years.

This follows August increases of 8p and 7p for diesel and petrol respectively.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “Drivers are sadly really starting to suffer again at the pumps with September seeing another 8p a litre added to the average price of diesel which comes hot on the tail of a similar increase in August. Petrol has also gone up 11p since the beginning of August so there’s little respite whichever fuel drivers use.

“Our analysis of RAC Fuel Watch wholesale and retail data shows that petrol is currently overpriced by around 7p a litre, although the price of diesel is likely to go up further still in the coming weeks.”