Motorists are being told prices could rise by up to 5p a litre this week as industry chiefs claimed the situation is getting worse in London and parts of the South East.
With Army personnel poised to start delivering fuel, The Mail on Sunday discovered one Gulf petrol station in West London charging £2.93 per litre for Super Unleaded – a staggering 47 per cent more than its normal price of £1.98.
Figures compiled by the FairFuelUK campaign group indicated that the average national price of a litre of petrol now stands at 141.9p, which is up from 136.5p.
Meanwhile, diesel drivers are now paying 145.5p rather than the usual 139.2p.
FairFuelUK’s Howard Cox said that pump prices were likely to increase by between 3p and 5p next week – and accused ‘opportunistic’ petrol stations of profiteering.
‘We want fair prices for consumers,’ Mr Cox said, ‘but right now Britain’s motorists are being ripped off under the smokescreen of the chaos.
‘Hardworking people are simply being fleeced.’