Little benefit for motorists in lockdown as record decrease in fuel prices loom at month-end

Image: Getty Images
Image: Getty Images

The Automobile Association (AA) announced today that the south African fuel price will see a monumental decrease at the end of March 2020.

The AA announced that Unleaded 95 petrol will see a drop of R2.18/litre, and 93 petrol by R2.05/litre. Both grades of diesel are expected to fall by around R1.65/litre.

The AA says: "The crude oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia continues unabated, with demand for oil further suppressed as world economies retreat due to the coronavirus pandemic."

But, warns the AA, these decreases might see a shrinkage, given the 16c increase in fuel levy and 9c increase to the RAF (Road Accident Fund) levy.

2017 prices

Should these decrease in prices come into effect, South Africa's fuel prices will be on a level last seen in 2017, early 2018.

The AA notes: "It is unfortunate that these massive reductions are coming at a time where private motoring is severely curtailed, but we would remind motorists that in terms of the lockdown regulations, they are still allowed to fill up their vehicles."

READ: How to save R19 000 a year by being a better driver after Mboweni's fuel price levy increases

While fuel stations are seen as an essential service, the AA also announced that it is offering free battery checks and jump starts to healthcare workers if their vehicles should give problems. The AA is available on 0861 000 234.

The AA concludes: "As a certified essential service provider, we remain committed to providing our usual services, but we are also subject to coronavirus precautions and will appreciate our Members' assistance in reducing the burden on our call centre staff.

"We call on motorists to drive only when necessary in terms of the lockdown regulations, and to abide by all traffic laws when they do."

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Compiled by: Charlen Raymond

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