Motorists treated with contempt



OIL COMPANIES are treating regional Queensland motorists with contempt, according to RACQ.

RACQ Central Queensland manager Bob Sim said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission needed to monitor pump prices in regional areas.

'Major oil companies are treating regional Queensland motorists with contempt by refusing to pass on savings that could see fuel prices drop 10 to 15 cents,' Mr Sim said.

Despite crude oil prices dropping and it's reflection in metropolitan areas, fuel prices in regional areas remain high.

'In the national and crude oil prices both have dropped since September,' Mr Sim said.

'Price reductions have been reflected in Brisbane where motorists can buy fuel for $1.15 or less but it's a different story in the regional areas.'

Mr Sim said the prices showed the divide between the city and the bush.

'Things now seem to have re-gressed to when the difference between country and the city was different,' Mr Sim said.

'We lay the blame on the appalling lack of competition between oil companies at the wholesale level in regional areas.

'The ACCC monitor prices in the major capital cities and we'd like to see them monitoring regional centres when we're noticing price anomalies of the sort we're currently noticing.'

Analysis has shown motorists in Hinkler payed an extra $1,519,940 this week compared to just a few months ago.

Federal Member for Ballarat Family Watch analysis showed fuel prices were affecting Hinkler families.

'The increases in petrol prices are clearly hurting Hinkler families,' Ms King said.

'Hinkler drivers are spending on average around $11.16 per week extra on unleaded fuel compared to just a few months ago.'



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