Gold Coast drivers cop high petrol prices: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has revealed Gold Coast motorists were hurt at the bowser as the region 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 142.4 cents per litre (cpl), Gold Coast service stations sold some of the most expensive fuel in the State.

“Drivers on the coast are really feeling the pinch. In December, the Gold Coast along with the Sunshine Coast, recorded the most expensive fuel prices in the region,” Ms Smith said.

“Gold Coast motorists were charged more for fuel than 30 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 average on the coast was also higher than that of the major Australian capital cities.”

Ms Smith said service stations had also charged, on average, indicative retail margins of 15.9cpl for ULP in December – one of the highest recorded across the State.

“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 15.9cpl 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 up. We’ll keep pushing the Government until we get this information.”

Ms Smith said the Gold Coast 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.