FILLING an average family car with fuel costs £16 more than last Christmas.
But greedy outlets are refusing to lower prices despite wholesale costs dropping.
As millions of drivers prepare to travel to friends and family this festive season, analysis shows we pay 30p per litre more at the pumps than 12 months ago.
Yet wholesale petrol and diesel are up just 18p.
It means the 18million drivers on the road this Christmas will be fleeced for £2million.
But ministers are ignoring calls for an independent watchdog to regulate them.
The RAC, AA and campaign group FairFuelUK have repeatedly demanded supermarkets make cuts.
Boris Johnson is under pressure to follow US President Joe Biden and mount an official probe to stop the rip-off.
And last night MPs rounded on the Government.
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Tory MP Craig Mackinlay, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fair Fuel, said: “Efforts to work with the fuel industry so that pump prices are market driven, are not working.
“Nearly £2billion of falls in wholesale prices have not been passed on.
"This is bad for the economy, bad for inflation, bad for business and bad for jobs.”
Another Tory Rob Halfon insisted: “Struggling families need a PumpWatch regulator.”
Howard Cox, of FairFuelUK, said Brits are paying “scandalous prices generated by greedy wholesalers and fuel brokers”.
Time to set up a regulator
By Howard Cox, founder of FairFuelUK
THE safest way to avoid Covid when visiting friends and family this Christmas is by car.
But this Government is allowing chronic profiteering at the pumps to go unchecked.
The world’s highest taxed motorists are paying up to 10p more than is fair.
Consumer watchdogs are in place for energy, water and telecoms, so why not one for the UK’s 37million drivers?
Nine out of ten of FairFuelUK’s 1.7million supporters want an impartial body.
This Government needs it in place now, to help regain trust.
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