THE most expensive petrol stations in southeast Queensland found to be consistently ripping-off drivers at the bowser have been named and shamed by the state’s peak motoring body.
RACQ revealed Coles Express, Caltex and BP had the highest average unleaded fuel prices in June, according to price data for major retailers across Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Bayside and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said some of the biggest companies were among the worst offenders.
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“Coles Express tops the list for having the highest average prices last month, stinging motorists an average 146.8cpl, almost 3cpl more than Caltex, BP and Freedom,” Ms Smith said.
“Both 7-Eleven and Pacific Petroleum weren’t far behind, with average prices of 142.9cpl and 142.7cpl respectively.
“Often these bigger companies have the luxury of being located on major, high traffic roads where desperate drivers pull in and fill up because it’s convenient, even though cheaper fuel could be just around the corner.”
Ms Smith said some of the independent chains had offered bargain deals at the bowser throughout June and urged south-east Queensland drivers to reward those retailers with their business.
“Aggressive discounter, Metro, recently expanded into the State and is giving competitors a run for their money, selling unleaded up to 14cpl less than the most expensive,” she said.
“Surprisingly, supermarket giant Woolworths was perhaps the largest retailer offering prices at the cheaper end of the market.”
Ms Smith said Brisbane was entering the peak of the cycle and urged drivers to shop around rather than just filling up wherever was closest.
“20.9 percent of retailers in Brisbane are selling at the new high of 165.9cpl – but there’s still cheap fuel available,”Ms Smith said.
“Aim to buy for 128cpl or less.”