Blackwater residents ripped off at the bowser
The State’s peak motoring body has revealed motorists in Blackwater have been consistently charged more for fuel than anywhere else in the State this year.
According to RACQ’s monthly fuel price report, Blackwater motorists paid on average 159 cents per litre (cpl) for unleaded petrol last month, the most in Queensland.
RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said the Central Queensland town had the title of most expensive in the State for nine consecutive months.
“It’s simply unfair drivers in Blackwater paid a premium for petrol, for no reason. We know there is a lack of competition, but fuel companies need to give motorists a break,” said Ms Smith.
Ms Smith said indicative retail margins in Blackwater were as high as 23.6cpl.
“Retailers in Blackwater are taking drivers for a ride with margins this high. They’re unwilling to compete for business and are simply charging whatever they want,” she said.
Ms Smith said motorists should stop for fuel when travelling to larger centres close-by to try and save money.
“In Emerald the average price for unleaded petrol in August was a whole 10 cents per litre cheaper, at 149cpl.”
The current average for unleaded petrol was 138.2cpl in regional Queensland.
The Club’s August 2019 Fuel Price Report could be viewed www.racq.com/fuel.