By Lea Pachta

According to Experian Catalists the price of unleaded petrol has now reached a new high of 119.9p.

Petrol prices have been on the increase since 2009 as the pound weakened, making importing fuel more expensive. The tax increase since December 2008 has also added to the price.

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said: “This is a dark day for motorists.”

Tink said: “Petrol prices have been rising steadily over the past year and have now reached the inevitable record high. However, this is only the average. In some areas motorists will be paying close to £6 a gallon [131.9p a litre].

“With the election campaign now in full swing, Britain’s hard-pressed motorists will be keen to hear what the political parties have to say about the escalating petrol prices. This is a key issue for Britain’s 32 million motorists, who are watching their bank accounts drained every time they fill up.”

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