Matt Taylor, 14 December 2015

PETROL station operators in the Woy Woy peninsula have been told to get “fair dinkum” and stop ripping off motorists as the region’s great pump-price plunder worsens on the eve of school holidays.

Peak motoring body NRMA has revealed the price of regular unleaded fuel on the peninsula was 33c a litre more expensive than in the region’s north at the weekend.

An Express Advocate investigation showed the gross price disparity improved only marginally on Monday. BP Woy Woy was selling E10 unleaded fuel at $1.35, 29c a litre more than at Metro Tuggerah ($1.06).

NRMA president Kyle Loades said the price differential was “not fair” on Woy Woy peninsula motorists.

“Petrol stations need to get fair dinkum and stop this blatant rip-off of peninsula motorists,” Mr Loades said.

“It’s been going on for too long. Enough is enough, especially with Christmas just days away.”

He said the Central Coast’s petrol prices were getting close to those in Sydney­.

“Sydney is at the high point of its cycle today (Monday), and the average regular unleaded price is $131.9,” Mr Loades said.

“Overall, Central Coast fuel prices are pretty competitive with Sydney’s.

“But the high prices on the peninsula remain a great concern.”

Terrigal Shell was selling E10 unleaded fuel on Monday for 129.9c a litre. But just 5km away, it was 119.9c a litre at Erina 7 Eleven Mobil.

Service station franchise operators around the region have previously said it was not policy to comment on petrol prices. Coles (Shell) also previously declined to comment, but a Caltex spokeswoman said “85 per cent of sites are franchised out and they set their own pricing”.

Mr Loades said motorists should expect petrol prices to fall in 2016 after world crude-oil prices crashed this year. “It’s not unrealistic to expect unleaded prices to be closer to $1 a litre,” he said.

LOADS OF ROADS ON AGENDA FOR LOADES

KYLE Loades says traffic woes on the Coast are due largely to the $111 million backlog of road upgrades.

“Gosford has a $73 million backlog of road upgrades and Wyong $38 million. This has an enormous impact on traffic congestion and safety for motorists,” Mr Loades, who will serve a second term as NRMA president in 2016, said. “Wyong town centre and Warnervale need road work (should be) fast-tracked, and I’ll be lobbying government hard to make sure it happens.”

Mr Loades also wants to see more competitive petrol pricing and for infrastructure in the region to keep pace with population growth.

Extracted in full from the Daily Telegraph.

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