A difficult question to answer about a Conservative Cabinet Minister, obviously, but one that does rather need to be resolved. For he’s decided to order an inquiry into why motorway service stations charge a lot for petrol. The answer being that there’s only ever one retailer of petrol on a motorway service station, the next one usually being 30 to 50 miles away. Monopolies are bad, M’Kay?
Motorway service stations are to face an official probe into rip-off fuel prices.
As millions of motorists prepare for the Easter getaway, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has written to competition watchdogs to ask for an investigation into sky-high motorway petrol and diesel prices.
The widening gulf in the cost of fuel means filling a family car on the motorway can cost up to £14 more than refuelling at a nearby forecourt.
Mr Grayling said drivers feel ‘exploited’ and warned lives could be put at risk if motorway motorists who are reluctant to fill up run out of petrol.
Quite why this needs a public inquiry to investigate is uncertain. The answer is obvious to all but the meanest of intelligences. A near captive market with no competition will mean higher prices. Because capitalists are greedy bastards, just as everyone says they are. It being that choice in a market which limits the amount of gelt they can gouge out of us in that frenzy of greed.
There are thus two possible answers. Insist on having two petrol retailers at each station or tell drivers to just suck it up.
But then Grayling and meanest intelligences…..