Petrol prices that came close to topping the £1 litre in 2006 cost each UK driver on average £50 extra over the year, says The AA Motoring Trust.
Petrol prices that started the year at 88.32 pence per litre, hit a peak of 98.54 pence in August and dipped to 85.98 in November.
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The AA Trust’s Fuel Price Report for December shows that the price of petrol, at 88.2 pence per litre, has risen 2.2 pence in a month and returned to virtually where it started the year.
The average price of diesel has gone up 2.1 pence and now stands at 93.7 pence per litre, having started the year at 92.56 and peaked at 99.73 in July.
Wales ends 2006 as the most expensive region for petrol, with the North West the cheapest area. Petrol at supermarkets is now on average 1.2 pence per litre cheaper than the UK average price, having shrunk from 2.5 pence in November.
“If car-owning families across the UK had been told in January that they would lose £100 on petrol over the year, there would have been howls of protest," says Ruth Bridger, petrol price analyst for The AA Motoring Trust.