The price for a litre of petrol was increased to 1.895 euros on Wednesday, identical to the record that was set on October 2, 2012.
The price of fuel has been increasing since the beginning of 2021, whereas the cost of a barrel has doubled since last year. The cost can differ according to the place because while in petrol stations on highways, these prices remain the same, anywhere else the prices can change from 10 or 20 cents lower.
According to Paul van Selms – head of consumer collective UnitedConsumers, the prices are increasing because the requests for other oil products was decreased, one of them being kerosene – an aircraft fuel. Although due to the pandemic, people might not be traveling or flying, the requests for petrol still stand. Another factor that might impact the price is also the exchange rate from dollar to euro.
The increase in the petrol prices has also affected diesel and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), an increase which almost reached the records of 2012 and 2014. At the moment, diesel’s price is 1.525 euros per litre, whereas LPG’s price is 0.95 euros.
The statistics in April from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), showed that it’s not quite expensive to own a car in the Netherlands. In average, a car costs only 2.158 euros per year, despite the high petrol prices and how costly the driving license is.
ACEA took a survey on 13 countries, with the Netherlands in 6th place. Apart from this, the survey also showed that in regards to petrol tax, the Netherlands takes the lead. While motorists’ taxes include 813 euros for 1.000 litres of petrol, in Hungary it costs only 345 for 1.000 litres.