Petrol stations have hit back at claims that they are profiting from the fuel crisis by indicating how the price is broken down. The response comes after a driver complained to the company: “I was going to put in fuel but not at this price.”
Petrol prices have risen on average by 24p per liter (to 182.31p) and diesel by 30p (to 188.05p) since February. The cost of filling an average family car has now topped £100 for petrol and £103.43 for diesel as demand for non-Russian crude has increased and foreign currency costs have risen, WalesOnline reports.
Brian Llewelyn A’i Ferched Garage in Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire, posted on Facebook the spat with a motorist who expressed anger over rising fuel prices. He replied: ‘Tonight a customer showed up after we removed the pole boards, as we were closing,’ the post read. “This person stopped at the pump, saw it was 193.9p a litre. They walked into the store and said, ‘I was going to put some petrol in but not at that price.
“I said, ‘I’m sorry, but it’s not my fault.’ here’s a quick breakdown of how little forecourts actually earn from the price of fuel.”
Forecourt bosses revealed that a sale of £100 worth of diesel at 193.9p per liter was 51.57 liters of diesel – with a profit of 4p per liter leaving £2.06 for the station. If the £100 is paid by credit card, the finance company charges £1.69 in interest for the transaction. This leaves the garage with 37p – before subtracting overhead costs such as electricity, maintenance and wages.
A similar article was posted by the Gulf Tanerdy Garage, a family service station on the outskirts of Carmarthen, which read: “While as a local business we fully understand the frustrations with all the price increases , ESPECIALLY the fuel that helps you get back and forth, we’ve given you an honest breakdown of your gas/diesel expenses.
“Of the £50 you spend on fuel in Tanerdy or Gwalia this week, we pass on the following: Tax (fuel duty): £13.94. Tax (VAT): £8.33. Gulf: 26, £35. Total of £48.62. We keep £1.38. to pay taxes, energy costs, wages, national insurance, pension contributions etc.”
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