Backflip at the bowser in regional Queensland

16 April 2018 The State’s peak motoring body has slammed some Darling Downs service stations for ripping off local motorists and hiking up fuel prices a whopping nine cents per litre (cpl) in a week.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith called out the offending retailers charging 146.5cpl for unleaded fuel in Toowoomba, earning them up to 16.9cpl in indicative retail margins.

“This is a joke. We’re getting ripped off and servos raking in almost 17cpl in indicative retail margins is just not on,” Ms Smith said.

Ms Smith said Dalby motorists were also being slugged, as some servos charged 149.9cpl.

“Drivers are once again going to have to put in the leg work to get a fair deal, and let their purses do the talking,” she said,

“There are cheaper places to buy fuel. If you can fill up for less than 139cpl then you’ll avoid getting punished at the bowser.”

Even considering the global oil price, Ms Smith said there was no reason for prices to have jumped so significantly in such a short amount of time.

“This is why we’ve been campaigning for real time petrol price data to be made mandatory, so regional Queensland drivers can hold their local service stations to account.”

Darling Downs ULP averages:

  • Toowoomba – 146.5cpl, up 8.6cpl
  • Dalby – 149.9cpl, up 9 cpl
  • Southern Downs (Stanthorpe) – 146.6cpl, up 8.6cpl.