Queensland drivers ‘ripped off’ over diesel, says RACQ

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The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) has hit out at the state’s fuel retailers over “outrageous” margins on diesel.

The club has accused them of “ripping off” Queensland drivers after its new data revealed indicative diesel retail margins had jumped 40 per cent in two months.

According to the club’s June fuel-price report, the average cost of diesel in Brisbane was 4.2 cents per litre (cpl) higher than in May.

“With an average of 156.cpl in June, drivers of diesel cars in Brisbane are paying through the nose,” RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said.

“It’s outrageous to see indictive retail margins have jumped to more than 18cpl – even with instability in the global oil price, there’s just no good reason for these high diesel prices.”

Ms Ross says all diesel drivers across regional Queensland had been hit.

“It’s not just isolated to the south east,” she said. “Our data shows regional motorists also copped a hike of 4.2cpl in the average diesel price compared with last month.”

Ms Ross says the report revealed Biloela drivers paid the most in the state for diesel. On average, she claims, drivers were “slugged” 159.7cpl.

“There’s no reason for prices to be this high, so we’d urge drivers to only fill up at servos offering fair prices and shun the retailers ripping us off,” she said.

“Motorists should visit our Fair Fuel website to find out where the best deals.”

Read the club’s June fuel price report here.