Bowser prices still up

FURY over fuel prices has got Warwick motorists in a tizz as they struggle to understand why unleaded petrol is substantially dearer here than it is anywhere else.

But it's not just petrol.

LPG is also more than 20c/litre higher here than Aratula, Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Warwick motorist Jim Thomas said he saw gas advertised for 89.9 in Warwick, yet 20 minutes down the road to Allora, he filled up for 69c/litre.

"I go out to Allora a lot so I just fill up there," Mr Thomas said.

He said the only option left for locals was to spend their money elsewhere.

Another motorist from Stanthorpe who regularly commutes to Brisbane, Geoff Keys, said he was disgusted with the price Warwick had on its gas.

"Warwick shouldn't be ripping people off," Mr Keys said.

"My ute runs on gas only, but luckily I do travel to Brisbane a fair bit so I can fuel up there or in Aratula, where it's far cheaper.

"Warwick used to be relatively cheap, but they're holding the prices up because they know people have to travel a while to get to another service station to get it cheaper."

University of New South Wales professor Frank Zumbo - a specialist in competition and consumer law matters - said Warwick petrol retailers were "playing games" with motorists.

"There's simply no excuse for the failure of Warwick retail prices to fall," Prof Zumbo said.

 

Top 5 Tips to save fuel:
 

  • Shop around
  • Look after your vehicle and tyres
  • Drive smoothly
  • Use air-conditioning sparingly
  • Travel light

(source: environment.gov.au)



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