FOR bargain hunters it’s a lure that’s nearly impossible to resist — the promise of petrol at the cheapest price for the week.
But some Perth residents say the weekly Monday free-for-all for cut-price fuel is a recipe for disaster and potentially even fatal accident on our roads.
Local resident Simone says price fluctuations of more than 30 cents per litre between Mondays and Tuesdays make for chaos at the Woolworths Petrol outlet at Floreat Forum.
She’s worried about road rage and fears near-misses could turn deadly.
“When you come in through the exit, obviously there’s people trying to exit and you’re going to have a head on,” she told Today Tonight.
“The motorists that sit here in this queue have no consideration for anybody trying to come in or get out of the car park.
“Someone could be risking their life trying to get in or out of this car park every Monday, like I do.”
At some petrol stations people are queueing for more than 15 minutes to get to the bowser at 10am on Mondays.
But Lynne Gould from Fuel Watch says the temptation is unlikely to go away.
“I guess the explanation is that the fuel companies use it as a pricing strategy to make money and that’s quite frankly the only reason they do it,” she said.
“Within the metro area — within this competitive market that we have — there is obviously a profit to be made by playing this pricing game.”
And some punters don’t care how long they have to wait.
“It’s the satisfaction of thinking that you’re saving a few bucks,” one told Today Tonight.
Simone is more intent on saving lives — or, at the very least, fixing traffic jams.
“The people involved, the petrol station, the shopping centre, the local council, the road traffic authority, put your heads together people,” she said.
“This is not a difficult thing to solve. It’s a no-brainer, come on.”
Originally published as Monday fuel mayhem causes problems.
Extracted from: news.com.au