• Video report by ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi

The price of petrol at the pumps rocketed by a “hellish” 6p a litre in May – the worst monthly rise for 18 years, the RAC has said.

Unleaded shot up from 123.43p to 129.41p a litre, putting the cost of filling up a 55-litre family car at £71.18.

The increase equalled £3.29 in just one month, data from RAC Fuel Watch shows.


The price of petrol rocketed by 6p in the month of May to 129.41p per litre.

The average price of diesel saw a slightly greater monthly increase of 6.12p per litre, from 126.27p to 132.39p, which was the second worst rise since the start of 2000.

The cost of a tank of diesel for a family car became £3.37 more expensive during May at £72.81.

The average prices of both petrol and diesel have gone up every day since 22 April, the motoring group said.


The price of filling a 55-litre family car has risen to £71.18.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “May was a hellish month for motorists.

“Sadly, they have been besieged by pump price rises for three months, with nearly 9p a litre being added to petrol since the beginning of March.

“The rising oil price together with a weaker pound is a punitive combination for anyone that drives regularly.

“For many people there is little alternative to the car for the majority of journeys they have to make, so it is therefore very difficult to avoid feeling the pinch of rising pump prices.”

The so-called big four supermarkets – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons – raised the price of petrol by 5.49p a litre and diesel by 5.88p in May.

Motorway service stations added 6.37p to unleaded, making it 144.75p a litre, and 6.69p to diesel, making a litre 147.80p.

The price of oil passed the 80 dollar a barrel mark (£60) two times during the month.