WEARY Sunderland motorists are feeling the pinch after the price of petrol hit a record high.
The national average price of unleaded petrol has now hit 137.44p, which beat the previous all-time high of 137.43p set in May 2011.
In the North East the average price is 136.09p, which makes it the cheapest regional price, but it is still expensive compared to previous years.
Sunderland driving instructor Paul Jasper, who runs The Ultimate Driving Company and has organised fuel protests in the past, said: “It’s an issue that’s very close to my heart.
“You can partially blame the Government for the amount of tax, but it also depends on what’s happening in the rest of the world.
“The fuel companies need to look at themselves and recognise that the price has gone up a lot.
“The public can also do their part by not going to the fuel stations that are scandalously expensive.
“Often it’s the supermarkets that offer the best deals as you can get money off with your shopping.
“If people stop using the big companies and they stop making money then they will have to drop their prices.”
Some of the people hit hardest by the increase are those that rely on their cars for their jobs, such as Mr Jasper who runs a driving school.
He said: “I have organised a lot of demos in my time because as a driving instructor it absolutely hammers me when they raise the prices.
“I am unable to put my prices up because everyone will stop coming to get lessons from me. I have to absorb the prices somewhere else in the business which I run.
“I originally did the first fuel protest when they raised the price from 80p to 84p and now it’s as high as 137p.
“If people want to save money then they can do a course with me and I can help explain how to do eco driving which will save them money.”
For more information about eco driving courses at the Ultimate Driving Company call 552 3402.