The UK is now one of the most expensive places in the continent to fill up, and calls for the government to do more to help are said to be “falling on deaf ears”.
The UK has done less to ease the burden of high petrol prices than other countries, the RAC has claimed.
Figures suggest that – in a league table of European governments that have taken action to slash petrol taxes – only Luxembourg performed worse, with 11 countries offering more generous relief.
The 5p per litre reduction implemented by the UK in March is dwarfed by fuel tax cuts enjoyed by drivers in countries such as Germany (25.1p per litre), Italy (21.2p per litre), Portugal (16.2p per litre), the Netherlands (14.7p per litre) and Ireland (14.5p per litre).
Governments in France and Spain have introduced discounts at forecourt tills worth about 15p per litre and 17p per litre respectively.
Some fuel retailers, including TotalEnergies in France and BP Spain, have price reductions worth up to about 33p per litre.
UK petrol prices finally started falling in recent days after pressure on retailers to reflect a drop in wholesale costs which began seven weeks ago.
At 186p per litre, costs are much higher than across the EU – with the exception of Denmark (also 186p) and Finland (190p).