RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said 82 percent of service stations across Brisbane were charging more than 175cpl.
“These eye-watering prices have come at the worst possible time as many Queenslanders prepare to take road trips for the school holidays,” Ms Smith said.
“High prices are being felt across the south east. Ipswich has hit a new record of 170.6cpl, the Gold Coast has fallen short of a record with an average of 172.6cpl and while the average on the Sunshine Coast is 169.8cpl, prices there will continue to creep higher over coming days.
“A combination of factors are at play. Not only is the OPEC oil-producing cartel manipulating production levels, we are also in the expensive phase of the petrol price cycle.”
Ms Smith urged south east Queensland drivers taking holidays to check their travel route for a better deal.
“Prices in the south east are peaking but further into regional Queensland where there is no price cycle they’re far more stable. For example, at Gympie, Bundaberg and Maryborough the average is less than 150cpl,” she said.
“By looking up prices through apps like RACQ’s Fair Fuel Finder motorists can track those better deals along their route or at their destination.
“Having access to real time fuel price information is so valuable – but it’s important we use it.
“If motorists in the south east Queensland do need to fill up, we urge them to only top up for now until prices come down to a fairer level, which should be by the end of school holidays.”
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