Motorists left fuming
DISGRUNTLED motorists are fuming at the price of unleaded petrol being 10 cents a litre more expensive in Mossman than it is in Port Douglas - but don’t blame the servos.
Service station owners and operators in Mossman are applying the same margin of a few cents per litre to their petrol prices as those in Port Douglas, with the final price dictated by charges from Federal and State Governments, fuel wholesalers and distributors.
As one Mossman service station manager said: “We are at the mercy of the distributor and have no say in the price we pay for fuel.
“We then have to put our small mark-up on it but we have to sell a lot of fuel before we make any money.”
Another Mossman service station operator said he understands the frustration but he faces the same dilemma.
“I understand how the motorist feels but it is not the service stations setting the price - we never have,” he said.
The attempted to speak to local fuel distributor Joe Marano several times to explain the huge price difference between Port Douglas and Mossman but he refused to comment.
The understands there could be several reasons as to the variation in price but would have liked it explained for the sake of the motoring public.