Mo­torists ripped off at bowser

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - NICK DAL­TON nick.dal­ton@news.com.au

A NEW re­port has re­vealed mo­torists have been ripped off to the tune of 14 cents a litre for fuel in Cairns.

The RACQ’s Oc­to­ber Fuel Price Re­port showed fuel com­pa­nies reaped re­tail mar­gins as high as 14.4 cents per litre in many north­ern towns and cities while driv­ers bat­tled record-break­ing prices.

“We’ve seen some of the high­est fuel prices ever recorded in Queens­land, but that doesn’t ex­cuse the bla­tant ripoff oc­cur­ring in parts of the re­gion,” RACQ spokes­woman Lucinda Ross said.

“Our data shows re­tail­ers in Cairns and Ma­reeba raked in in­dica­tive re­tail mar­gins as high as 14cpl, up by be­tween 56cpl on the pre­vi­ous month, which is so frus­trat­ing con­sid­er­ing driv­ers are al­ready cop­ping record high prices.”

Ms Ross said the global oil price had been a ma­jor fac­tor in push­ing up the lo­cal price, but in re­cent weeks it had fallen, so RACQ ex­pected to see re­tail­ers pass on sav­ings to driv­ers.

“In the last month, the oil price has dropped by 18 per cent, and that equates to a fall of about 14cpl in the whole­sale price. Frus­trat­ingly, in­stead of pass­ing those sav­ings on, ser­vos con­tinue to rort mo­torists.”

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