British motorists are second only to Finland in terms of high fuel prices

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Gasoline prices are the cheapest in Hungary at 106 pence, while they average 163 pence in France, 164 pence in Italy and 166 pence in Spain. The UK also had the second highest diesel prices, after Sweden.

The RAC’s Simon Williams said: “Compared to other European countries, almost the least has been done to support motorists during the current period of record high fuel prices.

“The result is that the UK is one of the most expensive places to fill up, putting it ahead of other countries that have historically charged British retailers more for fuel, including France and the Netherlands.”

He said motorists “need more help” as falls in pump costs are “too little and too late” given the big drops in wholesale prices suffered by retailers in recent months.

Ms Truss, the favorite to be prime minister, said she would keep the fuel duty cuts introduced by her rival but added that further cuts would be examined in the Budget. She said she would pass an emergency budget “immediately” as households struggle to cope with the cost of living crisis.

Costs at the pump have risen sharply due to a spike in oil prices following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and an onslaught of Western sanctions, including an embargo on Russian crude by the UK, US and EU.

Oil prices have cooled off this year’s highs, but Brent crude, the UK benchmark, is still above $100 a barrel, up 40 percent since the start of the year.

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