Fuel Prices United Kingdom

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Part of: GIZ International Fuel Price database
Also see: United Kingdom Energy Situation

Fuel Pricing Policies

Local Currency: GBP
Exchange Rate: 0.625


Last Update:

The downstream market is liberal and privatized in the UK. An official fuel price monitoring (as e.g. in France) is not installed in the UK.

Fuel taxes and VAT were quite volatile over the last years. The so-called „fuel escalator“ mechanism was installed in the 1990s to bind fuel prices to the national CPI. Beside this mechanism, the duty for fuels was changed almost every year.

The VAT changed several times over the last years: From 17,5% (until late 2008) down to 15% (until Dec 2009), back to 17,5% (until Dec 2010) and to 20% (from Jan 1st 2011).

A new „fair fuel stabiliser“ policy was being discussed in spring 2011. According to this plan, the duty on fuel shall be bound to the CPI in times of high crude oil prices (being above some threshold), or to the RPI (Retail Price Index) in times of low crude oil prices. A comprehensive summary of fuel taxation can be found at →A1 (http://www.petrolprices.com/fuel-tax.html).

Fuel Prices and Trends

Gasoline 95 Octane Diesel
in USD*

in Local Currency

* benchmark lines: green=US price; grey=price in Spain; red=price of Crude Oil

Source: AA (http://www.theaa.com/)

Fuel Price Composition

Price composition for one litre of Gasoline 95 Octane as of 2011/04/01.

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For an assumed pump price of 1,329 GBP.

(*Retailer Margin includes transport, storage, other costs and profits.)

Source: http://www.petrolprices.com/price-of-petrol.html

At a Glance

Transparency of
Price Composition
Transparency of Pricing
Mechanism / Monitoring
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Official monitoring and officially published indicative prices are missing.

Sources to the Public

Type of Information Web-Link / Source
Price Composition http://www.petrolprices.com/fuel-tax.html (Non-official)
Pump prices and margins http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/fuel/index.html (Non-official)


Please find more information on GIZ International Fuel Price Database and http://www.giz.de/fuelprices

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