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Already at a Record, UK Petrol Price Soars by Most in 17 Years

The price of diesel and unleaded petrol displayed outside a gas station in Newcastle, UK, on June 7.

The price of diesel and unleaded petrol displayed outside a gas station in Newcastle, UK, on June 7.

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The cost of filling up a standard car in the UK, already at an all-time high, surged by the most in 17 years to underscore the inflationary pressures the country faces from soaring fuel bills.

Unleaded petrol jumped by 2.23 pence a liter on Tuesday, the biggest one-day increase since the early 2000s, according to the RAC, a UK motoring organization. That drove it to a fresh high of 180.73 pence (about $8.60 a US gallon) and lifted the cost of filling up a car with a 55-liter tank to £99.40. Diesel also jumped to a new record.