North Qlders still being punished by high fuel prices

The State’s peak motoring body has urged drivers in the north to shop around for cheaper fuel prices after new data revealed the region copped some of the highest fuel prices across Queensland in June.

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RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club’s monthly fuel price report showed Cairns, Townsville, Tully and Ingham were charged on average 155.9 cents per litre (cpl), 155.5cpl, 156.8cpl and 156.2cpl for unleaded petrol (ULP) respectively.

“Unfortunately, drivers in the north of the State are used to paying too much for fuel and in June our data shows they were slugged with some of the highest prices in Queensland,” Ms Ross said.

“Last month ULP prices jumped by 4.6cpl in Cairns, in Townsville prices increased by 3.8cpl and in Tully and Ingham they rose by more than 5cpl.”

Ms Ross said global oil price instability was partly to blame for an increase in prices, but some service stations had taken the hike too far.

“We’ve seen the global oil price rise in recent months, but it softened slightly in June – we just don’t think there’s justification for the kinds of prices we’re seeing across the north and we’d urge drivers to shop around for the cheaper deals available to them,” she said.

“By only giving your business to servos doing the right thing, it puts pressure on those charging the highest prices and encourages them to drop their prices to become competitive.

“Motorists should visit RACQ’s Fair Fuel website to find out where the best deals are.”

Read RACQ’s June fuel price report here.

North Queensland ULP averages – June 2018:

  • Tully – 156.8cpl
  • Ingham – 156.2cpl
  • Cairns 155.9cpl
  • Townsville – 155.5cpl.