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The latest figures showing average UK fuel prices, according to PetrolPrices.com, a website designed to save motorists money.
Commenting of the Office of Fair Trading's announcement that it is to conduct an investigation into UK fuel prices, David Cameron's official spokesman said:
A campaign fighting for lower petrol and diesel prices has welcomed the news that the Office of Fair Trading will be gathering information on the pricing of petrol and diesel in the UK.
Quentin Willson of FairFuelUK said:
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, whose constituents in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey suffer from high petrol prices because of their remoteness has welcomed the Office for Fair Trading has opened an investigation into petrol and diesel prices:
The Office for Fair Trading will investigate a number of claims about how the road fuels sector in the UK is functioning, including:
- Whether reductions in the price of crude oil are being reflected in falling pump prices
- Whether supermarkets' and major oil companies' practices may be making it more difficult for independent retailers to compete with them
- Whether concerns about price co-ordination and the structure of road fuels markets identified by other national competition authorities are relevant in the UK
- Whether there is a lack of competition between fuel retailers in some remote communities in the UK
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today issued a call for information on the UK petrol and diesel sector.
UK Petrol prices rose by 38 percent between June 2007 and June 2012, and diesel prices by 43 percent over the same period.
In light of continuing public concern about pump prices, the OFT says that it "wants to identify whether or not there are competition problems that it can tackle" in the industry, and has invited the industry, motoring groups and consumer bodies to submit information.
"We are keenly aware of continuing widespread concern about the pump price of petrol and diesel and we have heard a number of different claims about how the market is operating.
"We have therefore decided to take a broad based look at this sector, to provide an opportunity for people to share their concerns and evidence with us.
"This will help us determine whether claims about competition problems are well-founded and whether any further action is warranted."
The OFT plans to publish its findings in January 2013.
The Office for Fair Trading issued a "call for information" today as it looks to see whether reductions in the price of crude oil are being passed on to motorists.
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The Office of Fair Trading has delighted some by asking for evidence to see if consumers are being ripped off by petrol companies.
The OFT issued a "call for information" today as it looks at whether reductions in the price of crude oil are being passed on to motorists.