Price cuts narrow petrol/diesel gap

Supermarkets seeking to close the gap between the price of petrol and diesel have announced reductions at the pumps.

Asda has fired the first shot in a fuel price war
Asda has fired the first shot in a fuel price war

Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco are all knocking up to 2p a litre off diesel prices from tomorrow morning .

Asda said that those filling up with its diesel would be paying no more than 131.7p a litre from tomorrow.

This will bring Asda diesel down to its lowest level since February 2011. The price of its petrol remains unchanged at 127.7p a litre.

The move by the supermarkets comes after the RAC called on fuel retailers to reduce diesel prices.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: "In the last year retailers have been noticeably quicker to pass on reductions in the wholesale price to forecourts, but we are now seeing an unfortunate blip in that trend where diesel prices are higher than they really need to be.

"There has been talk of the fuel retailers using higher diesel prices to keep petrol prices lower, but whether or not that's the case, the simplest way to operate must be to make sure retail prices always reflect wholesale prices proportionately. This has to be fairer in the long run for both private motorists and businesses alike."

AA spokesman Luke Bosdet said: "A dip in diesel pump prices at supermarkets is very welcome. However, drivers do not have to wait until tomorrow to find cheaper fuel.

"Although petrol prices across a town or locality are often very similar, there is much greater variety in diesel prices. Shopping around for diesel, particularly if using price tracker software, can produce significant savings."