Petrol rises 5p per litre in one month

The AA has confirmed that petrol has risen by 5p per litre in the last month, placing further pressure on penny-pinching motorists.

One litre of petrol now stands at an average cost of 137.08p per litre in the UK, up from 132.01p in the second week of January 2013.

Diesel prices have not been devoid of an increase either – a litre of the heavier hydrocarbons has gone up from an average cost of 140p per litre to 143.96p per litre over the same period.

That means a 5p increase in the price of a litre of petrol will see the average car (based on a 50-litre fill-up) cost an extra £2.50 to brim – its predicted that this could see a drop in car use, similar to periods of expensive fuel prices in 2012.

AA President Edmund King:

“A weaker pound has probably contributed around 2p a litre to the increase, but the rest is pure refiner and speculator activity.”

There’s no indicator as to where the gradual increase in pump prices could stop either, meaning motorists in rural areas who rely on their car to get around, or those on lower incomes could be priced off the road.

 

RED TRAFFIC LIGHTS A THING OF THE PAST WITH NEW SAT NAV SYSTEM

A new satellite navigation system being trialled in Newcastle means waiting at red traffic lights could potentially be a thing of the past.

Developers have launched a new system that advises drivers to adjust their speed so as not to be held up at red lights, enabling them to pass through a series of junctions with green all the way.

The technology is being trialled by Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council as part of an £8.6 million project by Compass4D being undertaken in seven different European cities.

The new hardware works by sending information directly to motorists’ cars to divert them away from congested areas, speeding up journeys and easing traffic queues.

Known as Energy Efficient Intersection service, the green light technology has the ability to improve overall efficiency.

Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems at Newcastle University, Phil Blythe:

“The system might advise a driver that if they travel 24mph they will hit the next four sets of traffic lights on green.”

This could mean continual movement, cutting down on braking and accelerating, which is more polluting than steady state driving.

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