Kimberley Viasic, 23 January 2016

PUBLIC outrage has driven some Cairns service stations to drop their fuel prices by up to 7¢ a litre but most are still slugging motorists.

Mobil North Cairns was selling unleaded petrol (ULP) for 121.9¢ a litre – 7.1¢ cheaper than the city’s average of 129¢ on Friday.

The station’s parent company, Trinity Petroleum, declined to provide a reason for the reduction, which brought it closer to what RACQ believed was a fair price of 117¢ a litre.

On Friday, the peak motoring body released its annual fuel price report which showed Cairns ULP prices in 2015 were the cheapest in five years.

Affordability reached a 16-year record high in the first quarter when the average weekly wage could buy 1123 litres of ULP.

But RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith is adamant prices could have fallen further.

Extracted in full from the Cairns Post.