MORE PAIN: Fuel prices have skyrocketed across regional Queensland.
MORE PAIN: Fuel prices have skyrocketed across regional Queensland. Lee Constable

More pain at the pump for motorists

GLADSTONE has seen the highest record petrol prices ever.

According to the RACQ, the average price of unleaded petrol in the region is $1.61 per litre, breaking all-time records.

The high prices are not limited to Gladstone, with many regional cities experiencing the same pinch at the bowser.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said motorists were left feeling the squeeze but economic factors were not the only thing to blame.

"While the rising global oil price and softening Aussie dollar is largely to blame for these prices, some servos are charging above what we think is fair," she said.

Ms Ross asked motorists to vote with their dollars when filling up.

"Choosing the cheaper retailers will send a strong message to the others to compete for your business and can save your household hundreds of dollars over the year."

A new Queensland Government initiative to allow consumers to track petrol prices real time on their mobile devices is expected to push prices down.

"It's why we're keen to see the real-time fuel price trial come online in December," Ms Ross said.

"When it does, we need drivers to jump on board and use the apps and websites available to get the best deal at the bowser."

According to Motormouth.com.au the cheapest places selling petrol at under $1.60 a litre are the Puma stations in Gladstone City, Gladstone Depot and Kin Kora, and the Choice Petroleum station at Sun Valley.

Mount Isa has been named the most expensive regional city for petrol by the RACQ, with an average price of $1.66 per litre for unleaded petrol.



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