Return of fuel excise could add €10 to the cost of a tank

Consumer groups have called for the rise to be more gentle or deferred entirely

The AA estimates that a return of excise duties would result in an average increased cost of €10 per tank. Pic: AA Ireland

Industry groups have called for either a staggered or deferral to the reintroduction of excise duties on petrol and diesel.

The AA estimates that the cessation of the duties on petrol and diesel at the end of February will increase fuel prices by 15 cents per litre for diesel and 20 cents per litre for petrol, leading to an average increased cost of €10 per tank of fuel.

Paddy Comyn, spokesman for the AA, said: ...