IT’S a sight many thought they would never see again – petrol for under a pound per litre.
But there were pleasantly surprised smiles on the faces of motorists yesterday as they filled up on cut-price fuel.
Drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 277 filling stations across the country – including those at Bedhampton, Waterlooville, Fareham, Gosport, and Fratton – will only pay 99.7p on unleaded and 103.7p on diesel this weekend.
The offer started yesterday and will end tomorrow.
The 4p price reduction came after the chancellor confirmed he was holding off a price increase on fuel duty.
Drivers at the pumps at Bedhampton were certainly pleased yesterday.
Scott Harness, 41, from Hayling Island, said: ‘It’s great.
‘I remember when it was under a pound when I first started driving and it’s nice to see it again.’
A 41-year-old female driver, from Purbrook, who commutes to Salisbury, said: ‘It’s great. It saves money.
‘I’m a diesel driver and I’m very happy to see diesel coming down.’
But some shoppers were not persuaded by the cheap prices.
Sharon Jolly, from Wickham, said: ‘I want V-power – nothing but the best for my girls!
‘They should cut the price of cigarettes – that would make a difference.’
An Asda spokesman said: ‘Motorists will benefit from cheaper fuel prices throughout the weekend as unleaded falls to a new record six-year low.
‘Asda will revert back on Monday to a market-leading price of 103.7p on unleaded and 106.7p on diesel.’
Asda chief executive Andy Clarke urged George Osborne to continue with the freeze instead of the anticipated yearly fuel duty rises in line with inflation from April 2016.
Mr Clarke said that feedback from mums indicates that any future increases would put pressure on household finances.