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THE average price of petrol in the UK has pushed past 90 pence per litre for the first time this year.

And recent rises in the cost of crude oil, prompted by the Iranian stand-off, will add further to the pressure on drivers.

Having started the year at 88.32 pence per litre - and then dropping to 86p on February 1 - the average price of petrol reached 90.28 pence per litre this week.

At 93.34 pence per litre, diesel car owners were slightly better off this week than at the start of the year, because their fuel now costs only 3.06 pence per litre more than unleaded, compared to 5.26p in January.

Last year, UK average petrol prices were at around 90 pence a litre from January 22 until March 15, before soaring by more than four pence in a month.

AA spokesman Paul Watters said: "Drivers are keeping their fingers crossed that petrol history doesn't repeat itself this Easter, although the dispute with Iran doesn't bode well for fuel prices.

"How long the stand-off continues will be the key to whether the current rise is a short-term blip or a longer-term headache."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 6, 2007
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