The Consumer Council is calling for motorists to shop around for their car insurance and use its petrol and diesel comparison tool after it was confirmed Ulster motorists spend the most each week on petrol in the UK.
The advice comes following concern about parking charges and the Competition Commission’s recognition that UK motorists are paying too much for car insurance.
“NI consumers are bearing very high costs in relation to motoring and the Consumer Council is working in various ways to help,” said Kathy Graham, interim director of Policy at the Consumer Council.
“We research and publish the cheapest and dearest petrol and diesel prices across Northern Ireland to help consumers get the best deal.
“We also work hard to tackle the high cost of motor insurance and use consumers’ views and experiences to lobby decision-makers.
“In the meantime we encourage consumers to shop around to keep more money in their pocket.”
She added that public transport can also provide savings for consumers.
“Translink has many bus and rail offers, particularly over the Christmas period, which include free park and ride services,” she said.
Consumers who would like to find out more can visit www.consumercouncil.org.uk , call on 0800 121 6022, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact via facebook or twitter.