Call to boy­cott fuel rip- offs

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

MA­JOR fuel re­tail­ers have been crit­i­cised for not drop­ping petrol prices in Cairns more than a month af­ter the na­tional con­sumer watch­dog’s re­port found they were rip­ping off mo­torists at the bowser.

The state’s lead­ing mo­tor­ing body RACQ has called on mo­torists to “vote with their wheels” to drive down prices.

RACQ spokes­woman Re­nee Smith said it was dis­ap­point­ing there had been lit­tle price move­ment since the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion re­port, re­leased in May, found since 2012- 13 prices in Cairns have been about 11c a litre higher than in the coun­try’s five largest cities.

City petrol sta­tions have been mak­ing 38 per cent more profit on fuel sales than the na­tional av­er­age. Her­bert MP Cathy O’Toole has pre­vi­ously called for an ACCC in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Townsville fuel prices.

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