Mo­torists left fuming

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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