PETROL sales have slumped as people turn away from rising prices at the pumps.
Motorists consumed just 1.37billion litres from UK forecourts last month, according to figures from the AA.
That’s a fall of 56million litres since February and is the lowest level of consumption since 1990.
Gas-guzzling cars are being ditched for smaller models by many motorists in a bid to cut fuel bills.
Some good news for motorists came this week as supermarkets started a price war on petrol with the cost falling from 136p a litre to 134p.
But petrol still costs 2p a litre more than at the start of the year, hitting motorists and independent petrol stations alike.
Emma Gardner, who owns three petrol stations in the county, said: “The prices have definitely gone up and as they do the margins get tighter and the supermarkets get more aggressive, so it is not good for us either.
“People see the higher price and think that it must be good for us, but it’s not.”
On Sunday, the cheapest price for unleaded petrol in Gloucester was 131.9p at the Sparrows Wharf service station, on Bristol Road, in Linden.
That was quickly followed by Sainsbury’s at Gloucester Quays, which cost a penny more.
One of the more expensive prices was London Road service station which weighed in at 134.9p and Sainsbury’s at Barnwood at 134.2p.
The average price for unleaded in the country was 134.6p.
Luke Bosdet, from the AA, said: “People just can’t afford these prices. Two thirds of people are using their cars less or cutting back elsewhere to compensate for higher prices.”