Cheaper fuel for motorists can be found – by shopping around
By Maurice Garvey
CANNY motorists can shave a few bob off their fuel bills by shopping around at service stations around the county.
According to the latest AA survey, motorists are paying up to €6 over the odds at the pump depending on where in the country they fill their fuel tank, and discrepancies can also be found closer to home.
Cheapest pump viewed in Tallaght by The Echo on Wednesday was the Applegreen in Jobstown at 121.8c per litre of petrol and 109.8c per litre diesel.
Pumps.ie list the Esso on St Peter’s Road, Walkinstown, as one of the cheapest at 120.9c for petrol and 104.9c for diesel, along with the Maxol on Walkinstown Avenue – 120.9c and 103.9c.
Esso on the Greenhills Road hits the highest mark at 125.9c and 112.9c.
In Clondalkin, The Echo viewed the Applegreen in the village as good value at 120.8 per litre petrol and 106.8c per litre diesel, closely followed by Esso on Ninth Lock Road 122.9c and 107.9c, Texaco Ninth Lock Road 123.7c and 105.7c, Esso beside Joels 123.9c and 111.9c, and the Topaz on Naas Road 123.9c and 109.9c.
In Lucan, the Texaco Lucan Bypass provides petrol for 121.9c per litre and diesel at 108.9c per litre.
In Ballyfermot, the Go on Kylemore Road consistently comes up trumps, offering petrol at 119.9c per litre and diesel at 99.9c per litre.
The national average cost of petrol is 126.5 per litre, which is also the average price in Dublin.
Diesel in the capital at 115.6, costs above the national average of 112.8c per litre.
The AA director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan encourages drivers to “be canny and shop around.”
Whilst oil prices are lower than last year, pump prices are still not as low due to higher Irish taxes.
A litre of petrol costs an average of €1.26c. The price of the fuel including profit is only 36c and 90 cent goes on tax – over 70 per cent of the cost.
A litre of diesel costs an average of €1.13, the fuel costs only 37c, the rest is 76c tax, representing 67 per cent of the bill.