THE RACQ has called for real-time information on fuel prices to help reduce high costs at Cairns service stations.

The organisation today also called on the state government to urgently abolish confusing petrol price boards around Queensland.

RACQ’s requests come after an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigation revealed profits at Cairns service stations were 38 per cent higher than the national average.

It also showed over the past five years Cairns motorists paid on average 11 cents per litre more for unleaded petrol than those in major cities around Australia due to a lack of competition.

RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said the motoring body would not rest until prices in Cairns dropped to a fair level.

“Today’s report shows the need for the State Government to bring forward its plans for petrol price board regulation. This would get rid of confusing discount signage aimed at luring motorists in under false pretences,” she said.

“We also need access to (comparative) data such as this so we can name and shame those service stations which are ripping Cairns motorists off.”

Extracted from The Cairns Post