Rob Ganley
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Sky-high diesel and petrol prices will be scrutinised by consumerwatchdog The Office of Fair Trading. It is launching a six-weekinvestigation into the price of fuel, promising to publish its findingsin January 2013. Petrol and diesel prices remain high in Britain,despite well publicised drops in the price of crude oil.

Motorhomes hit hard

Sky-high diesel and petrol prices will be scrutinised by consumer watchdog The Office of Fair Trading. It is launching a six-week investigation into the price of fuel, promising to publish its findings in January 2013. Petrol and diesel prices remain high in Britain, despite well publicised drops in the price of crude oil.

 

Motorhomes hit hard

Most motorhomes are powered by diesel, which has seen a price rise of 43 per cent between June 2007 and June 2012. Petrol has gone up 38 per cent in the same time-frame. In June, the government said that it would postpone its 3p-a-litre rise in fuel tax from August until January.

Is the trade fair?

The OFT will look at the deals between supermarkets and oil companies to determine how they affect independent retailers’ ability to compete. It will also look for any profiteering and price-fixing, shining a spotlight on giant oil companies, City traders and speculators, as well as petrol retailers and supermarkets.


Rural concerns

Rural areas will be examined, too. Clare Hart, of the OFT said:
"We are keenly aware of continuing widespread concern about the pump price of petrol and diesel and we have heard a number of different claims about how the market is operating. We have therefore decided to take a broad based look at this sector, to provide an opportunity for people to share their concerns and evidence with us. This will help us determine whether claims about competition problems are well-founded and whether any further action is warranted."

OFT to ignore fuel duty

Motoring organisations are critical of the review, saying that the main problem facing motorists is the fuel duty on each litre sold. This will not be covered by the review.

Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "We have always argued for pricing transparency and this review promises to provide it. … We also welcome scrutiny of what the rapid decline in the number of petrol stations has meant for fuel supply and price. In 1990, there were some 18,000 forecourts. Now there are fewer than 9,000."

 

AA president Edmund King welcomed the OFT's decision but said the move was "overdue".

 

Summer 2012 prices

The average cost of a litre of unleaded is 138.99 pence, while the average price of a litre of diesel is 143.52 pence.

Global concern over fuel

Concern over the price of diesel and petrol is global, with Germany, Spain and Australia’s consumer watchdogs also investigating prices at their pumps.

 

On behalf of all motorhome-owners, dealers and manufacturers, campsites, camping accessory suppliers and all the other local businesses who cater for motorhome and caravan owners and other tourists, we  await the OFT's report on fuel prices with keen interest.

 

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Photos: Most motorhomes are powered by diesel - the fuel that has risen in price the most

 

 

 

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