According to one major consumer watchdog, drivers in Northern Ireland still have the dubious honor of paying the highest fuel costs and car insurance rates in the UK.
Even cheap car insurance policies in the region average about £282 more a year than those outside Northern Ireland, the Consumer Council recently reported. Meanwhile, a single tank diesel of petrol is £9 more expensive than it was twelve months previous.
Consumer Council spokesperson, Ryan Simpson, commented on the research findings by saying that Northern Ireland has been the most costly place to buy fuel across the UK for every month since the beginning of 2011. Figures released by the consumer watchdog show that the price of both diesel and petrol prices have increased by at least £9 each, compared to the same point of time last year.
Mr Simpson continued, going so far as to call for an investigation across the entire Euro zone into current fuel prices. He also remarked that consumers have a right to know that the amount they pay when filling up the tank is a price that has been arrived at in a fair and equitable manner.
Asking the Northern Ireland Assembly for a thorough investigation into the matter, the Consumer Council also requested the Assembly to find out why consumers in the region end up paying more for motor car insurance there than any other location across the entire UK.
The Consumer Council will be monitoring fuel prices in the coming weeks, said the spokesman, adding that it encouraged consumers to visit its website in order to find out more information about the costs of fuel in the UK.