UK drivers have hit out at a “pathetic” change to Sainsbury’s petrol stations with customers saying they “won’t buy fuel there again”.

Sainsbury’s has started charging for services that were previously free taking drivers by surprise at forecourts across the UK.

The supermarket giant is now charging 30p for air while the offer of free water is now being replaced by screen wash, for £1.

Drivers react to new charge at Sainsbury’s petrol stations

Drivers reacted angrily when speaking to national media.

One driver told The Sun: “Had to pay twice for air on your new money grabbing machine as three mins isn't enough for Landrover tyres.

“Given the profits you lot make it’s pathetic that you are charging for this. Won't buy fuel there again.”

Statement from Sainsbury’s

A Sainsbury's spokesman said: “We regularly review the services we provide our customers.

"We have invested in the facilities at our petrol filling stations, offering a variety of services including screen wash air towers and contactless payment options, offering even more convenience for our customers."