MOTORISTS on Brisbane’s northside are paying more for their fuel than those south of the river, new RACQ data reveals.

The club’s Monthly Fuel Price Report found motorists on the northside paid on average 3.6¢ a litre more for unleaded petrol during June.

RACQ spokeswoman Lucinda Ross said the report found those on Brisbane’s northside were paying an average of $1.513 litre, making them the hardest hit by high fuel prices in the southeast.

“North of the river we’ve seen an increase in ULP retail margins which are now over 15 cents in every litre. It’s unfair on northside drivers,” she said.

Brisbane motorists were charged an average of $1.487 for ULP in June, 1¢cent a litre lower than May, but still more than all other major Australian capital cities.

The report found Brisbane’s diesel average had climbed 4.2¢ a litre during the month.

Ms Ross said now was the time for drivers to fill the tank as the southeast Queensland price cycle had reached its cheap phase.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s latest quarterly petrol report revealed that prices had reached their highest point in four years, during May.

The report said soaring oil prices were contributing to the rising cost of fuel.

“Regardless of where they live, motorists should vote with their wallets and shop around for the cheapest deal,” Ms Ross said.

“By giving their business only to servos doing the right thing, it puts pressure on those charging too much and encourages them to drop prices to become competitive.”

In May, the Palaszczuk Government announced it would help Queenslanders bypass greedy petrol stations by introducing real time fuel price monitoring.

A date is still to be set for when the trial will begin.

Extracted from The Courier Mail