Cheaper fuel’s here, but some servos won’t budge

Despite the Brisbane petrol market reaching the cheap phase of the price cycle, the State’s peak motoring body has revealed some south east service stations continued to punish drivers with outrageously high prices.

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RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said while almost 40 percent of the market now charged 145 cents per litre (cpl) or less for unleaded fuel (ULP), more than five percent continued to rip drivers off.

“To have a number of servos still charging more than 155cpl is frustrating to say the least – but the good news is there’s plenty of cheaper fuel around,” Ms Smith said.

“We’re urging drivers to head to these cheaper retailers because we don’t know how long the prices will stay low for. Motorists should aim for 145cpl or less so they know they’re getting a good deal.”

Ms Smith said global oil prices had impacted the purse strings of local drivers in recent months.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen the global oil price climb to the highest levels since October 2014 which is frustrating for Brisbane motorists who’re already paying more for fuel than drivers in all of Australia’s other large capital cities,” Ms Smith said.

“The Brisbane ULP average for May increased by almost 5cpl when compared to April and diesel prices rose by more than 9cpl. It’s frustrating, but also reinforces the need for drivers to shop around for the cheaper deals that are available.”

Drivers could visit RACQ’s Fair Fuel website for information on cheaper prices in their area.

Average south east Queensland ULP prices:

  • Gold Coast – 144.1cpl
  • Ipswich – 145.5cpl
  • Moreton Bay – 146.2cpl
  • Brisbane – 146.5cpl
  • Sunshine Coast – 149.9cpl.