Cairns petrol average hits $1.50/ltr

The State’s peak motoring has urged drivers to shun the service stations ripping them off as the Cairns unleaded petrol average hit 150 cents per litre (cpl) on Tuesday.

Woman holding fuel pump

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said it was the first time in almost four years the average had reached this level.  Prices were last this high in August 2014 and at that time prices were falling from the record high of 160.9 cpl observed in January 2014.

“After a few weeks of reprieve earlier this year, Cairns drivers are again being punished by high fuel prices – for the average to reach 150cpl is outrageous,” Ms Ross said.

“A recent increase in the global oil price is one factor at play, but greedy retailers are also a big part of the problem because they’ve upped the price of ULP to unreasonable levels.

“Based on the wholesale price of fuel and even adding on reasonable margins for servos, we think the average is about 4cpl too high.”

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Ms Ross urged motorists to do their research before they visited the bowser.

“Using people power to force the price down is the best tool we have as drivers,” she said.

“That means we’ve got to do our research before we go to the servo to make sure we’re only buying from the cheapest location in town – even if it’s only 1-2cpl cheaper.”