THE pricing policy of Rugby petrol stations is leaving some motorists up to £60 a year out of pocket and damaging the town’s voluntary sector.
Filling stations in Rugby charge around 3p per litre extra than those a few miles away in Coventry or Leamington. Fuel prices in Rugby are subject to what Tesco calls ‘regional pricing policies’, which are competitive, but only in the locality.
Terri Morgan of Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action, said that if prices didn’t decrease there would be a ‘catastrophic’ effect on the community.
“High petrol prices continue to jeopardise the amount of volunteers willing to use their own transport for the benefit of others,” she said.
“We have a large number of dedicated volunteer drivers who enable sick, vulnerable and isolated people in Rugby to attend medical appointments and access vital services and support.”
“Without added investment or fuel prices decreasing we predict a reduction in volunteer drivers. This would have a catastrophic impact on the Rugby community.”
Buying a tank’s worth of fuel (45 litres, around £60 worth) once a week in Rugby would cost motorists £60 a year more than if they filled up at almost all garages in Coventry or Leamington.
Bob Timmins, a motorist from Dunchurch, urges drivers to buy fuel elsewhere whenever they get a chance.
“Petrol prices are contributing to extraordinary pressures on family budgets right now,” he said.
“Indeed it has been all too often the case that in some weeks all listed petrol stations in Rugby are charging the exact same price per litre.
“It’s only by highlighting that cheaper petrol is always available elsewhere and not too far away that Rugby drivers can opt to consistently fill-up outside of Rugby when en route to where they work or where they go shopping. Perhaps then we will see some real competition and a better deal for Rugby drivers from our rip-off service stations.”
A spokesman for Tesco said: “We have a regional pricing policy where our prices are set competitively for their catchment area. We’re not the only supplier who does this.”
The latest price comparison data shows that Tesco in Leicester Road charges 132.9p per litre, while Tesco in Coventry charges 129.9p.