A NATIONAL boycott of the petrol pump has not deterred motorists from making the decision to fill up at the United service station on Mulgrave Rd in Cairns yesterday.

United was selling regular unleaded at $1.58.9 while nearby the Caltex listed its unleaded at $1.65.

Cairns fuel advocate Phil Whykes said the boycott was designed to get the attention of government who he said pocketed about 50 per cent of bowser price in taxes.

“We need to pay a fair price and the fuel stations need to charge a fair price, so it works for everyone,” he said.

United Petroleum’s chief operating officer David Szymczak told the Cairns Post the company “understands the frustration that consumers feel about petrol pricing and the reasons for the national fuel boycott protest”.

Mr Szymczak remained tight-lipped about exact volume sales in Cairns but said they are “very strong”.

More than 90,000 Facebook users took part in the petrol boycott event called for today.

Extracted from Herald Sun