UK petrol prices could hit a record average high of £1.20 a litre in the next few weeks, the AA has warned.
The motoring organisation has said the wholesale price of petrol has sent the cost up.
Some petrol stations in central London, which the AA says typically have the highest petrol prices in the UK, are already charging £1.20.
The previous record UK average high for unleaded was 119.7p in July 2008.
The AA called on chancellor Alistair Darling to shelve a fuel hike. Edmund King said: “We all know government finances are in dire straits but a 3p rise in fuel duty is not good for the economy and could fuel inflation.”