Time for competition (Bill Moreland)

Fuelling up in Dundee on Sunday I was not surprised to see diesel at 136.9p per litre.

Other national outlets locally were either the same or 1p dearer.

Nobody wants honest traders to lose money but 17p per litre is profiteering on a national scale.

Isn’t it time that the council let in some other competition? It’s time for a decision, not a time to sit on the fence or call in more consultants.

Bill Moreland


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  • Colin Hunter

    • November 8th, 2011 14:31

    Aye Bill. It was Under £1.50 a litre when I left To go to Hospital in Glasgow last Sunday (30 Oct) and it was up around the 1.54 mark (AGAIN) by the time I got back on Saturday. (5 Nov) There is also now an almost 50p a gallon difference between Diesel and Petrol. I find this absolutely unbelievable as my relations down south tell me there is no such fluctuation there. The true cost of transporting the stuff to Shetand should be made public. I personally worked out that the actual cost in fuel by sea per litre is less than 0.5 pence. That is, of course, not the total cost of shipping, as crew wages and other costs must also be met. However, even with the best will in the world, I can’t see it being greater than 4 or 5 pence.

  • Peter Smith

    • November 9th, 2011 21:57

    138.5 for diesel & 135.5 for petrol at a West Lothian station at the weekend. £1.13 for diesel at a rural Spanish filling station last week.

    Obviously the price of oil fluctuates, and the exchange rate with the dollar too, but why is it any drop in the pump price seems to coincide with a politician getting the issue in the media and then it goes back up when it quietens down?

  • jim leask

    • November 10th, 2011 14:05

    On page 9 of Tuesday’s Press & Journal there is a story which states that “Ernst & Young are warning that a litre of fuel will rise to £1.54 within 4 years”. I paid £1.55 per litre of Diesel at a Lerwick establishments pumps a couple of weeks ago, so fear that Ernst & Young predication calculator would go into melt down if it tried to calculate Shetland’s projected price in 4 years time.


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