A new graph released by the RAC Foundation shows the fuel prices have reached a seven-year high. According to its research, as of September 24, 2021, the average cost of petrol sat at 135.9p per litre.
Wholesale costs for fuel are being pushed up, the cost of which is passed onto drivers.
The soaring fuel costs come amid a supply crisis, which has seen deliveries of petrol slowed.
Though there is reportedly no shortage of petrol, the problem lies with a shortage of delivery drivers.
A lack of drivers has been blamed, in part, on both Brexit and the pandemic.
The HGV driver shortage has also impacted other industries, including supermarket and food deliveries.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, the Road Haulage Association’s (RHA’s) Rod McKenzies said: “It’s as simple as this: everything we get in Britain comes on the back of a truck.
“So if there is a shortage of HGV drivers – and there is by 100,000 – then it is inevitable that we are not going to get all the things we want when we want them.”
Yet, this hasn’t stopped panicked Britons from racing to fill up – resulting in mass queues.
Industry insiders warn this kind of behaviour could lend itself to fuel prices surging even more in the coming days.
RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “The supply issues affecting a small number of petrol forecourts shouldn’t impact the prices drivers pay to fill up.
“But unfortunately the price of oil, which has the biggest influence on what drivers pay at the pumps, is continuing to rise at the moment.
“This may lead to fuel prices going up in the coming days, which would be yet more bad news for drivers, as a litre of unleaded is already over 21p a litre more expensive than a year ago.”
AA president Edmund King has reassured motorists that there is “no shortage” of fuel.
He added: “There is no shortage of fuel and thousands of forecourts are operating normally with just a few suffering temporary supply chain problems.
“Fridays and the weekend always tend to be busier on forecourts as drivers either combine filling up with shopping runs, prepare for weekend trips or refuel for the start of the new working week.”