Source: Express

Unleaded hit an average of 119.9p a litre for the first time ever, breaking the previous July 2008 record of 119.7p.

But some forecourts are already charging 131.9p a litre – just a penny short of the £6 gallon.

“This is a dark day for Britain’s hard-pressed motorists,” said the RAC. And there is worse to come, warned experts last night.

A ­perfect storm of rising wholesale costs, the weak pound and more Government tax hikes will propel fuel costs even higher. Drivers were warned to brace themselves for a 5p-a-litre surge in the next three months, pushing unleaded prices to a 125p a litre average by the summer holidays.

Brian Madderson, chairman of RMI Petrol, which represents 6,000 independent forecourts, said: “Even without any further tax rises by a new Government one can see the price of fuel continuing to ramp upwards. Certainly 125p a litre by the summer is looking more likely every day.”

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said ­yesterday: “Petrol prices have been rising steadily over the past year and have now reached the ­inevitable record high. This is only the average, however. In some areas, motorists will be paying close to £6 a gallon – 131.9p a litre.

“This is a key election issue for Britain’s 32million motorists, who see their bank accounts drained every time they fill up. They will be keen to see what the political parties have to say.”

Rising pump prices have already increased the average two-car family’s monthly petrol spend from £233.32 in January to £254.60, says the AA.

Spokesman Paul Watters warned the prices were unsustainable. “We can only hope that the General Election produces a result that strengthens the pound and puts downward pressure on.

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