Record fuel prices expected by the summer, warns AA

Britain will be hit by record high petrol prices within weeks in what's being described as 'dark days for motorists' by the AA and the RAC.

A blend of soaring oil prices and the Chancellor's staggered introduction of the crippling 3p per litre fuel duty rise will push the price of petrol up higher than ever before.

"It's now when, not if, petrol prices hit record levels," said Adrian Tink of the RAC.