Santa will bring Warwick motorists welcome financial relief
MOTORISTS hitting the open road for the holidays could be in for some relief at the petrol pump with RACQ forecasting a drop in unleaded petrol prices across the Southern Downs through to the new year.
RACQ spokeswoman Lucinda Ross said historically, prices in regional towns across southeast Queensland stabilised as Christmas approached.
"This year, we expect unleaded and diesel prices in Warwick will continue to steadily fall,” she said.
"Brisbane prices are likely to follow this same trend, with unleaded potentially flattening out to an expected average around low-mid 130cpl and diesel likely dropping a few cents, taking it to an average around low-mid 140cpl.”
Until recently Warwick was about 20c above the state average for unleaded petrol but the RACQ Fair Price Finder shows the gap narrowing.
"The current average price for UPL in Warwick is 132.4 cents per litre, about 6.5c/L above RACQ's Fair Fuel Price of 125.9c/L,” Ms Ross said.
"This is why we encourage drivers to search for the cheapest pump price they can find in the area, and it's positive to see a number of service stations in the region offering fuel at or below the Fair Fuel Price.”
It's welcome news for Southern Downs motorists, though some are calling for greater transparency.
Pensioner Daryll Baker noticed the fall in prices and said it was a long time coming.
"I can't understand why the fuel price goes right up in a big hit, but it doesn't come down for ages,” he said.
"The oil companies adjust their price, why don't the service stations?”
Mr Baker spends about $40 a week on fuel and he fills up at the Metro Fuels station on Wallace St and said it was generally the cheapest.
Warwick cabbie Col Vincent watches prices fluctuate daily.
When he started driving taxis 14 years ago he said you could bank on Southern Downs servos selling cheap fuel but the big companies became greedy.
"It's just manipulation by the powers that be to make money,” he said.
Rather than suffer price variation, Mr Vincent said the owner of his cab opted for LPG.
"The price for LPG is about 85.6c/L, it doesn't vary much.”
Some servos sense the community outrage and dropped their price. Yamanto Liberty Oils owner Shay Elman is dropping his UPL price to 99.9c/L on weekends.
"I'm not doing nothing against the competition. I'm doing this for Christmas to support people who are short of money,” he said.