Rush to the bowser: RACQ

RACQ has urged motorists to fill up their tanks now before the majority of retailers hiked their prices in excess of 170 cents per litre (cpl).

Around half (56 percent) of all fuel retailers in Brisbane were still offering cheap unleaded (ULP) deals for 140 cents per litre (cpl) or less. 

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the current price hike had driven Thursday’s average price of ULP in Brisbane to 145cpl, up around three cpl from Wednesday.

“It’s pleasing to see there’s still many retailers offering cheap fuel, despite the fact prices have been rising since Monday,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Motorists should fill up the tank now or top up so they make it through the expensive phase of the cycle without having to visit the bowser.”

Ms Ritchie said there were still cheap sites scattered throughout most of Brisbane, including sites in Jindalee, Richlands, Forest Lake, Virginia, Chermside, Northgate, East Brisbane, Tingalpa and Graceville, but 38 percent of retailers in Brisbane had moved to 175cpl or more in recent days.

“The amount of cheap fuel that’s still available is likely to decrease even by the end of today and we expect prices to peak over the weekend or early next week,” she said.

“It’s so important for drivers to be buying when the prices are cheap and avoid filling up in the most expensive phase.

“By paying attention to the price cycle and making the most of the technology that’s available, like RACQ’s Fair Fuel Finder app, you can save yourself several dollars by shopping wisely.”