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The average price of a litre of diesel in the UK has fallen below 170p for the first time since last March, just after Russia invaded Ukraine.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams commented: “This is good news for drivers of diesel vehicles as they have had to endure some tough times with the average price of a litre nearly hitting £2 at the end of June.

“Since then the price has tumbled 30p, saving more than £16 on a full tank. But, if retailers play fair with drivers, the price should fall further still as the wholesale price is now back to a level last seen around the time Russia invaded Ukraine.

“Even with retailers taking a higher than average margin of 10p a litre, the price of diesel should really be 10p lower at 160p.”