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Fall in fuel prices provides temporary relief for fleets

These are the findings of Santander 1|2|3 Credit Card’s latest Fuel Survey, which saw the company analyse the average price per litre of premium unleaded fuel in every UK town.

The survey found that the most expensive place in the UK to refuel is Taunton, Somerset where prices average 136.9ppl, meaning owners of vehicles with 70–litre tanks will pay £95.83 to fill up.  In contrast, Carlisle is the least expensive place in the country to buy petrol, at an average of 129.7ppl, or £90.79 for a full tank.

 The average cost of unleaded fuel has decreased by 6.28 pence per litre since early March, which means drivers of popular models like the Ford Focus with a 60–litre fuel tank now pay an average of £79.72 to fill up – a decrease of £3.76 in just two months. 

The biggest decreases since March of this year have been seen in Aberdeen, Durham and South East London, where motorists pay up to 7% less for unleaded fuel than just two months ago. Motorists in Durham can be expected to make savings of up to £6 for filling up a typical 60-litre tank of fuel or £7 for a 70-litre family tank of fuel.

Santander estimates that motorists driving 1,000 miles a month at an average of 35 miles per gallon spend £172 on petrol every month, almost £10 less than in March.3

Alan Mathewson, CEO Santander Cards, commented: ‘Spiralling fuel prices in the past 12 months have hit motorists hard with some families paying more than £100 to fill up the tank of a family car. However, our latest Fuel Survey gives motorists some temporary relief with decreases of up to seven per cent in just two months.

‘While this will be welcome news for UK motorists, fuel prices still remain at a near all-time high so it is important motorists look to make savings where possible, such as car-pooling with colleagues, driving more economically or using public transport.’


Five most expensive towns to refuel:


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Five least expensive towns to refuel:


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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.