Petrol Pump

The period of cheaper fuel prices is now over, the RAC has warned after reporting that the cost of petrol went up last month for the first time just last summer.

The report found that the average fuel price rose 3.4p a litre to 105p following a recent resurgence in oil prices. Brent crude oil is now hovering around $40 per barrel, having trading as low as $28 in the opening few weeks of the year.

The RAC said March's price rises have added £1.84 to the total cost of filling up an average 55 litre car with unleaded petrol. The motor group said Diesel prices having grown by 3.7p, despite wholesale prices rising just 1.5p per litre.

Simon Williams, the RAC's fuel spokesperson, said: "The good times for motorists enjoying lower fuel prices had to come to an end at some point, but unfortunately it's happened with a bit more of a bump than motorists were probably expecting."

Mr Williams warned motorists that fuel prices could soon rise to even further, but not to the "eye-watering" levels seen in April 2012.

He said: "It looks as though we are heading towards a new norm of the oil price fluctuating between lower and upper limits of $35 and $55 a barrel.

"This means that motorists should hopefully not see the eye-watering price they were paying at the pumps in April 2012 when the average price of petrol was 142p and diesel was close to 150p per litre."