People will be miles better off

Neil Walsh at TJ Walsh, Halifax
Neil Walsh at TJ Walsh, Halifax

Plummeting fuel prices is wonder-fuel news for the consumer - especially after the expense of Christmas.

Drivers and businesses across the region can breath a sigh of relief when filling up as forecourt prices continue to drop.

Low petrol prices at Asda, Pellon

Low petrol prices at Asda, Pellon

Supermarket price wars could mean prices drop below £1 per litre in the coming weeks.

Earlier this week, Asda was the first to announce it would drop its fuel prices to record low prices witnessed in the last five years.

Tesco followed the American Walmart owned chain and also announced it would drop its prices by two pence per litre, on Tuesday.

Customers filling up at Asda, Halifax, will pay 105.7 pence to fill up a litre of unleaded petrol and 112.7 pence for a litre of diesel.

Forecourt fillers at Tesco, Brighouse, and Sainsbury’s, Halifax, will pay 106.9 pence per litre for unleaded petrol and 113.9 pence per litre for diesel.

Morrisons, Halifax, prices are 108 pence per litre for unleaded petrol and 110 pence per litre for diesel.

Andy Peake, Asda’s petrol trading director said: “As fuel prices continue to drop, Asda once again are leading the way with our fourteenth price cut on fuel since September.

“No matter where customers live, they will benefit from the same fuel price with our national price cap.”

Slashed fuel prices means cash savings for those whose business plan is driven by fuel.

Halifax bus operator TJ Walsh has been transporting the public since 1987 and director Neil Walsh says fuel is a massive factor for his business.

“We use a lot of fuel - any deductions in prices are always welcome and help us to continue our consistent prices and services.

“Fuel prices could increase at any time and for this reason we price our fares consistently for our customers who tend not to be affected by the changing price of fuel,” said Neil.

“When prices rise it pushes us hard as a business so we always welcome any saving - on matter how big or small.” he said.

Jeremy Harper of Jeremy Harper driving school, Halifax, says these are some of the toughest times he has endured in his 23 years as a driving instructor and therefore welcomes any savings warmly.

“The savings are good for business and I will shop around to save as my business margins are so tight.

“I use Asda as they have competitive prices. When prices are higher it makes business much harder. I plan my students geographically to try and cut down on the fuel cost - we’re living in tough times - I have a family to feed; the student wants a discount and the cost of fuel has been steadily increasing; so any saving is a relief to me and might give me the chance to treat my wife. It’s tough being self-employed and the government isn’t helping but this is one thing the consumer can be thankful for.”

Halifax Courier facebook followers commented: “fuel prices drop and bus fares rise. No benefit here.” “Loving it. For the first time ever it now costs me less than £40 to fill my Mini.”