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Cornish Garages Hike Petrol Prices

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7:44am 4th April 2012
(Updated 7:44am 4th April 2012)

As talks start to try to stop a petrol strike, Pirate FM has learnt Cornish garages are hiking prices.

In the west last week, some whacked on an extra 3p a litre in a day.

That is sparking accusations they are cashing in on fears that tanker drivers could walk out.

Owners insist they are not profiteering, and they have been left with no choice but to up charges because they are paying more to buy fuel from suppliers.

These shoppers in Pool, near Redruth, are not impressed.

"Independent petrol stations may have increased their prices by four or five pence. Garages have been trying to make as much money out of it as they can really, because they know that people are desperately trying to get hold of it. The last time I filled up it was one thirty-nine point something, and then literally the day after I passed another fuel stop and that was one forty-three".

George Bradley owns three Texaco sites in Scorrier, St Erth and Hayle.

He says he had to put up prices just to break even, because he is paying more to buy fuel from his suppliers:

"It's unfair to think, and I will show any member of the public what I paid for that fuel on Saturday morning, because there's no secret with it, but I'm certainly not profiteering. I'm making three pee a litre, and I don't think I'd probably do better out of a pint of milk.

"I can't do anything about it, I'm dictated to by it aren't I? It's either shut up and pack up or carry on whatever you want to do. It's not looking rosy at all. You just look at the statistics for garages, independents, and how they're closing down".

In a statement, Mr Bradley's supplier, Valero, said:

"Valero sells fuel to retailers based on Platts' market price. This is an independently set price on which Valero has no influence. Any increase or decrease in the price of fuel to independent retailers would be the result of daily movement of Platts' wholesale prices".

7:44am 4th April 2012

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