Kerry petrol prices rise by 16%

Petrol prices in the county have increased by almost 16 per cent in the last year, according to a new survey. The study carried out by Radio Kerry finds the average price for unleaded petrol stands at just over 98 cents a litre. In comparison, the average price a year ago was just under 85 cents. Last year, the Kerry Today programme surveyed 16 petrol stations in the county to find the average price of a litre of unleaded. Yesterday the show contacted 16 service stations to establish fuel costs, one year on. The findings show costs have, on average, risen by almost 16 per cent. The most expensive price quoted was almost one euro 4 cents a litre, in contrast the cheapest, tesco in Killarney, charged just under 93 cents. Petrol is more likely to cost less in urban areas while a number of rural businesses say it’s becoming increasingly difficult to compete with large scale operators such as Tesco. It’s also likely to cost less at the weekend as petrol stations temporarily reduce prices as a means of enticing the weekend motorist. The huge hike in petrol prices is mainly due to the surge in crude oil prices internationally although motoring groups also blame last year’s budget increase in excise duty.