We’re being hit hard in the pocket

Peter Smart
Peter Smart

DRIVERS in the town say the rise is hitting their pockets hard.

Jobseeker Peter Smart, 55, who lives in Grange Road, Hartlepool, needs his car to give him a better chance of finding a job, but says he has to make changes to afford to stay on the road.

He said: “The prices are quite ridiculous now.

“I know that I have to keep the car because it means I can get to the other side of town or out of Hartlepool if I find a job.

“But I have had to make changes to make sure I can afford the petrol each week.

“Me and my wife used to go out on little day trips every weekend, but there is none of that any more, that money goes towards petrol instead.”

Retired Anne Smaller, 67, from Horden, needs to drive to hospital at least once a week.

She said: “I need to fill my car up because I need to get to the hospital and back, but every time I come to the petrol station the price has gone up.

“It is disgusting the amount you have to pay now to fill your car up.”

Retired Wilf Coward, 81, who lives in the Fens, said: “I remember when petrol used to cost 43 pence per litre.

“It costs me nearly £50 to fill my tank up now, it should never cost that much.”

Full-time carer Andrea Hogan, 34, who lives in Rossmere, said: “I spend around £60 a week on fuel.

“It’s a lot, but my car has a big engine so it uses a lot of fuel.

“I wouldn’t get rid of my car, but I don’t like the fact I have to spend that much to fill it up.”