Fill up the tank as prices soar in Brisbane RACQ

RACQ has warned motorists to fill up the tank as soon as possible, as unleaded petrol prices started to rise in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the cost of unleaded petrol (ULP) had jumped to 159.9 cents per litre (cpl) at 29 sites across Greater Brisbane.

“What we’re seeing is two clusters in Greater Brisbane where fuel companies have hiked prices,” Ms Ritchie said.

“One is in the inner northern and inner western suburbs, so locations like Newstead, Ascot, Lutwyche, Kedron, Milton, Auchenflower Toowong and Indooroopilly and the other is around North Lakes.

“So far, all sites on the southside of Brisbane and in Ipswich are still offering cheap fuel.

“The advice to motorists is to get in and fill up the tank now and aim for 118cpl before prices jump at more sites.

“While we’re in the hike phase of the price cycle, it’s critical motorists do their research and use apps, like RACQ Fair Fuel Finder, to make sure they’re not being ripped off at the bowser when there’s cheap fuel around the corner.”

Ms Ritchie said there were also early signs of a hike on the Gold Coast, after the Coles Express Benowa increased prices to 159.9cpl.

“If you’re on the Gold Coast, the clear majority of fuel companies are offering a cheap price but that won’t last for long. So fill up the tank and aim for 117cpl,” she said.

“At this stage there’s no evidence of a hike on the Sunshine Coast, but prices could start to increase at anytime.”