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Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Updated Thursday 27th August 2015

It's August - and many families will be heading off soon on summer holidays. But how has the cost of petrol changed over the last ten years?

Tourist attraction sign pointing to a forest Creative commons image Icon Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license How much will it cost to drive to a tourist spot? Are we nearly there yet? Every August, families around the UK pile into the car and head out on day trips and holidays (or "staycations" as nobody calls them outside of marketing companies). As much a tradition is the complaining about how much the petrol for the journey costs.

But what's really happened with pump prices over the last decade? Small Data presents a sampling of the average cost of a litre of unleaded petrol in the UK, drawn from the Department of Energy And Climate Change's weekly petrol price dataset. The price per litre is drawn from the survey on August 1st, or the one immediately prior to August 1st, for each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year
Price pence per litre
Fuel duty pence per litre
VAT rate %
VAT pence per litre
Fuel w/o tax or duty
2003 75.1 45.82 17.5 13.14 16.14
2004 80.87 47.1 17.5 14.15 19.62
2005 89.25 47.1 17.5 15.62 26.53
2006 97.83 47.1 17.5 17.12 33.61
2007 96.2 48.35 17.5 16.84 31.02
2008 116.91 50.35 17.5 20.46 46.10
2009 102.17 54.19 15 15.33 32.65
2010 116.61 57.19 17.5 20.41 39.01
2011 136.07 57.95 20 27.21 50.91
2012 132.78 57.95 20 26.56 48.27
2013 136.87 57.95 20 27.37 51.55
2014 130.83 57.95 20 26.17 46.71
2015 116.12 57.95 20 23.22 34.95

Source: DECC Weekly Fuel Prices report under the Open Government Licence

This data was updated in August 2015 with the figures for 2015

 

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