Drivers in London enjoy some of the most affordable fuel prices in the UK, despite it being the country’s most expensive city.
A comparison of regional fuel prices and average salaries has revealed where motorists spend the largest and smallest proportions of their earnings on fuel.
And, thanks to their relatively high earnings, drivers in the capital spend less on petrol than almost anywhere else in the country.
At a regional level, Londoners are the best off, spending just 5.36 per cent of their hourly wage on a litre of fuel but on a city level St Albans is actually the cheapest, with drivers spending 4.2 per cent on a litre of petrol.
Apart from St Albans, Guildford (5.2), Cambridge and Edinburgh (both 6.2) are the cheapest cities outside of London for fuel relative to average salaries.
In contrast, drivers in Hull, Leicester and Lancaster aren’t so lucky. Motorists in Hull have to spend almost a tenth (9.5 per cent) of their hourly earnings to buy a litre of unleaded. While those in Leicester (9.3) and Lancaster (9.2) are hardly any better off.
The 5 most affordable by local authority
- St Albans – 4.2%
- Central London – 4.4%
- Guildford – 5.2%
- South London – 5.4%
- West London – 5.6%
Regionally, London and England’s south-east (6.74 per cent) and east (6.77) top the table for the most affordable fuel, with Scotland (7.37) and Wales (7.56) completing the top five.
The 5 least affordable by local authority
- Hull – 9.5%
- Leicester – 9.3%
- Lancaster – 9.2%
- Lincoln – 9.2%
- Stoke-on-Trent – 8.9%
Drivers in the East Midlands are hardest hit, spending an average of 8.37 per cent of a hour’s salary on a litre of fuel. That equates to five hours’ work to fill a Ford Focus. Behind them, those in the West Midlands (8.18) and north east (8.05) are hardest hit.
Within regions fuel prices can vary wildy and the data showed differences of up to 35p per litre within a single region.
Although there are places in the world where fuel costs as little as 1p per litre, when it comes to comparing petrol prices with earnings, the US is the world’s cheapest country.
Drivers there pay an average of just two per cent, while at the other end of the scale those in Greece shell out 14 per cent.