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Fuel tax rise hits drivers.

Summary: Motorists have been hit with another petrol price rise as a government 2.3p-a-litre fuel tax increase was introduced.

Motorists have been hit with another petrol price rise as a government 2.3p-a-litre fuel tax increase was introduced.

The move is unpopular with motoring associations and has prompted supermarket chain Morrisons to freeze the price of its fuel for the rest of the week.

Motoring groups, and others, had pressed the Government to delay bringing in the promised September 1 rise - the third of its kind in the last nine months.

But they proved unsuccessful and average petrol prices will now rise to around 107p a litre.

At the beginning of the year petrol was roughly 85p a litre, but with world oil prices likely to increase over the next few weeks, it is feared prices at the pump could go up to 110p a litre soon.

This would mean drivers, on average, having to find an extra Au60 a year for their petrol.

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said: "This third fuel-duty hike is unacceptable. Since the start of 2009, Britain's motorists have seen a 23 per cent rise in pump prices, meaning an extra Au11 per tank for the average car.

"The Chancellor seems to regard Britain's 30 million motorists as a soft target for tax and with this latest rise he risks alienating them even further. The Government needs to appreciate the impact such taxes have on cash-strapped families and, at the very least, provide people with some clarity over where this money is being spent."

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