£83 warning for Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's drivers visiting forecourt 'in next few weeks'

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons drivers have been dealt a fresh blow with a new warning over higher petrol and diesel prices. Analysts and consumer groups have warned motorists at supermarkets could be hit because "retailers need to earn more".

The Petrol Retailers Association warns full tank of fuel now costing roughly £80.50 for unleaded while the diesel equivalent is £83.30. Gordon Balmer, executive director of the PRA, explained that it is important to recognise that the UK currently has the highest fuel duty in Europe.

Balmer added that the Labour Party recently “failed to provide clarity” on whether they would maintain the existing five pence per litre fuel duty rebate. He said today (Tuesday June 18) ahead of the General Election: “The Labour Party has also highlighted the need for increased investment in EV charging points.

READ MORE Met Office issue verdict on when heatwaves will hit UK in June and July

“Forecourts are ideally suited for 'en route' EV charging, and many PRA members are investing in this infrastructure despite the slower-than-anticipated uptake of electric vehicles and the long payback periods for such investments.”

He added "having forecourts with sufficient EV charging capabilities is crucial”. Drivers in Northern Ireland pay less for fuel than in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons drivers motorists in England, Scotland and Wales thanks to a price checker.

The RAC had previously called on the Competition and Markets Authority to take “meaningful action” against retailers whose margins are too high. The RAC head of policy Simon Williams said he hoped that the CMA would push through changes to protect motorists.

He stated that something needs to be done to bring retailers “into line” as soon as it’s able to, given that drivers in Northern Ireland are “paying so much less for the very same fuel." Fuel prices in England and Wales are the highest on the continent as it stands.