Fuel prices hit Ipswich drivers at hip pocket: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has revealed Ipswich motorists were hurt at the bowser as the city recorded a two-and-a-half year petrol price high in December.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said with an average unleaded petrol (ULP) price of 140.7 cents per litre (cpl), Ipswich servos sold some of the most expensive fuel in the State.

“Ipswich drivers are really feeling the pinch. What was once one of the cheapest places to fill up in Queensland was last month one of the dearest,” Ms Smith said.

“Ipswich motorists were charged more for fuel than 22 of the 33 regional Queensland towns and cities we monitor. It’s outrageous and there’s no good reason for it. We saw a slight increase in the global price of oil, but there’s no way to justify these high prices.

“The Ipswich average was also higher than that of the major Australian capital cities.”

Ms Smith said service stations had charged, on average, indicative retail margins of 14.5cpl for ULP in December.

“We saw retailers extend the expensive phase of the south east Queensland (SEQ) price cycle last month which was likely because fuel retailers wanted to keep prices higher through the festive season,” she said.

“To have indicative retail margins of 14.5cpl is unjustified and is simply rorting motorists.”

Ms Smith said RACQ continued to lobby the State Government for mandatory petrol price reporting so motorists had the information required to make informed choices at the bowser.

“There’s nothing illegal about the prices being charged. All we, as drivers, can do is to ensure we’re only supporting the service stations charging the lowest price,” she said.

“If we had real-time data at our fingertips, motorists would be able to make the best choice about where to fill the tank. We’ll keep pushing the State Government until we get this information.”

Ms Smith said Ipswich was now in the discounting phase of the SEQ petrol price cycle and drivers should avoid the bowser until prices dropped further over the next week.

The December fuel price report can be viewed here.