North vs south: Brisbane’s petrol price divide

New data released by RACQ revealed where Brisbane drivers lived impacted how much they were charged to fill up the tank.

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RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club’s latest Monthly Fuel Price Report showed during June, motorists on the northside paid 3.6 cents per litre (cpl) more on average for unleaded petrol (ULP) than those south of the river.

“We’ve noticed a real north vs south divide in terms of fuel pricing,” Ms Ross said.

“In fact, our latest report shows those on Brisbane’s northside were not only slugged with higher prices than those in other parts of the city, but, at 151.3cpl, they were charged more on average than the rest of the south east.

“North of the river we’ve seen an increase in ULP retail margins which are now over 15 cents in every litre – it’s unfair on northside drivers.

“Regardless of where they live, motorists should vote with their wallets and shop around for the cheapest deal. By only giving their business to servos doing the right thing, it puts pressure on those charging too much and encourages them to drop prices to become competitive.”

Ms Ross said Brisbane motorists were charged, on average, 148.7cpl for ULP in June, 1.1cpl lower than May, but still more than all the major Australian capital cities.

“While the average price was marginally lower than the previous month, this comes off the back of a slight softening of the global oil price we saw in June,” she said.

The report also showed Brisbane’s diesel average had climbed 4.2cpl during the month.

Ms Ross said now was the time for drivers to fill the tank as the Brisbane market had reached the cheap phase of the south east Queensland petrol price cycle.

“While prices are low, we’re urging motorists to fill up now if they see ULP for 137cpl or less.”

Read RACQ’s June fuel price report here.