We recently reported the price unleaded petrol had risen above £2 per litre at Pease Pottage Services.
Photographer Eddie Mitchell spotted the prices on Thursday afternoon, June 9, which were 202.9 for BP regular unleaded and 204.9 for BP regular diesel.
Last week, National World reported the cost of a full tank of petrol for an average family car has exceeded £100 for the first time.
It now costs on average £100.27 to fill a typical 55-litre family car, according to figures from data firm Experian Catalist.
And petrol station workers are reporting growing abuse from drivers as fuel prices remain at record highs.
These are latest prices available to us:
Tesco Hazelwick: Unleaded 192.9p, Diesel 198.9p (June 27)
Applegreen: Unleaded188.8p, Diesel 197.8p (June 29)
Sainsbury West Green: Unleaded188.9p, Diesel 197.9p (June 30)
BP London Road: Unleaded 191.9p, Diesel 199.9p (June 30)
BP Woodfield Road: Unleaded 188.9p, Diesel 197.9p (June 29)
BP Ashdown Drive: Unleaded 189.9p, Diesel 198.9p (June 30)
Texaco Fleming: Unleaded 192.9p, Diesel 199.9p (June 29)
Texaco Balcombe Road: Unleaded 189.9p, 197.9p (June 29)
Esso RSS Broadfield: Unleaded189.9p, Diesel 199.9p (June 30)
Shell Ifield: Unleaded189.9p, Diesel 199.9p (June 29)
Texaco Copthorne: Unleaded189.9p, Diesel 198.9p (June 29)
BP at Pease Pottage: Unleaded205.9p (June 28), Diesel 209.9p (June 30)
Esso Horsham (Horsham Express): Unleaded 189.9p, Diesel 197.9p (June 29)
BP Haywards Heath (MFG Handcross): Unleaded 189.9p,Diesel 199.9p (June 24)
Why have fuel prices risen?
The price of fuel at the pumps is dictated largely by the price of oil and this has been climbing sharply since early 2021, going from around £55 per barrel in January 2021 to more than $130 per barrel in early March 2022. It fell back slightly in April but is now sitting at more than $115 in late May.
After dropping dramatically in 2020, demand for oil has returned to pre-pandemic levels, as world economies open up again. However major oil producing nations are struggling to meet this demand, forcing prices up.
The RAC’s fuel spokesman Simon Williams commented. “Having taken production down when demand fell due to the pandemic, the oil producers are now struggling to get production back up to the required levels to meet demand.”
The ongoing war in Ukraine has also caused uncertainty and instability in global markets.
Russia is the world’s third largest oil producer, responsible for around 10% of global oil output and its invasion of Ukraine has caused fears that its supply to international markets could be affected. Many countries have also announced their intention to ban imports of Russian gas and oil, which has pushed up the price of supplies from other oil-producing nations.
The UK’s fuel retailers have also been accused of keeping prices unneccesarily high and extending their profit margins rather than passing on fluctuations in price to drivers.