(Bloomberg) -- Petrol and diesel prices at UK forecourts jumped more than 2% in recent weeks, according to data from the RAC motoring organization.

The gains have been triggered by the higher cost of oil, which has been trading above $80 a barrel for most of the last four weeks. Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea area are forcing tankers to avoid the Suez Canal and instead sail round South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

From Jan. 29 to Feb. 18, unleaded gasoline jumped by 3.2 pence a liter to 143.4 pence while diesel rose from 148 pence to 152 pence.

Maintenance at oil refineries around the world is also supporting prices, said RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams.

“We ought not to see forecourt prices go up too much more from where they are today, but a lot depends on how much margin the biggest retailers decide to take,” he added. 

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