Shell petrol station, Nottingham

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has increased demand for fuel from other suppliers. Russia is one of the world’s largest producers of oil and gas, producing 4.5 million barrels of oil each day so the UK’s phase out of imported Russian oil has had a global impact.

The increase in fuel prices have not only had a global impact and interfered with companies that are bulk buying fuel, but it has sparked an uproar amongst drivers in Nottingham, who say their budget has been ‘eaten into’.  Jess Shotton, a driver who had just moved out from home, said that because of the fuel increase she is contemplating “moving back home” as the way she is now living is not sustainable.

(Jess Shotton shares her views on the fuel price surges and discusses how it’s affected her)

” I usually put £50 in my car for a full tank, now I pay £45 because of the price increase and it gets me barely past the halfway meter”.

The increase in fuel costs has also impacted the well being of a university student who says “there’s been worry that I may have to call car repair services because my car meter is going so low as I can’t afford to fill it adequately for my journeys”.

Another angered driver in Nottingham has been deeply impacted by the fuel prices. #

She said: “I usually put £50 in my car for a full tank; now I pay £45 because of the price increase and it gets me barely past the halfway meter.”

Figures show that the average cost for a litre of fuel is now 165.37p for petrol and 177.47p for diesel. Prices were originally 149p for petrol and the noticeable increase have sparked suggestions that chancellor Rishi Sunak could announce a temporary cut in fuel duty in his spring statement (23 March).

It is not only the phase-out of Russian imported oil that has driven up the price of fuel. New diesel rules are set to come into effect in the coming weeks, prompting fears that prices of fuel can increase further.

The government plans to end the use of rebated red diesel from 1 April which is used for off-road use of vehicles.

This will mean drivers who usually pay 11p per litre of red diesel will have to pay the price for normal diesel which stands at 57.95p.

This change will also mean it will be illegal to put red diesel into vehicle fuel tanks apart from exceptional circumstances. One angry driver stated that the changes in diesel rules were “shocking and unfair”.