Call to check fuel price rises
By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
THE RACQ is calling on the federal government to monitor fuel prices in Central Queensland.
RACQ Central Queensland manager Colin Goodsell said motorists were aggrieved at the current price of petrol.
'They feel they are not being given a fair go,' he said.
Mr Goodsell said despite the fact that the cost of oil had fallen to about $60 a barrel, the oil companies had chosen not to pass on the lower price at the pump.
'We want to see a competitive market place and this is not happening regionally,'' he said.
'The price of petrol should drop as new supplies come into the petrol stations.
'Oil companies need to justify their current position.'
Mr Goodsell urged disgruntled motorists to take the matter up with their federal Member of Parliament.
Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said he would be happy to take any serious complaints to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
'There has always been the criticism that oil companies are quick to put the price up but slow to bring it down,' he said.
'The federal government has tried many initiatives over the years to force the price of petrol down.
'Unfortunately none of those schemes were ultimately successful.
'That said, Central Queensland has a number of independent petrol suppliers and that should have injected some competition into the marketplace.'