TASMANIANS shouldn’t expect any relief at the petrol bowser as they hit the road for the Christmas break this weekend.

The RACT says Tasmanian motorists are paying 21 cents a litre more than they should be.

Hobart drivers are also getting slugged more for fuel than any other capital city in the country, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Australian petroleum market quarterly report released on Wednesday found.

The report revealed the average unleaded retail price for the September 2018 quarter was 159.1 cents a litre – 12.4 cents higher than the five largest Australian cities.

Hobart had the most expensive petrol of all capitals for nine months of the year.

But just up the Midland Highway, motorists can save 30 cents a litre this weekend.

Tas Petroleum in Brighton has an unleaded price of 129.9, which a staff member told the Mercury was a deliberate ploy that “definitely resulted in more customers”.

“You get a hell of a lot more fuel than what you usually get from any traditional servo,” Herdsmans Cove customer Bradley Hatton said.

“Service is good too because it’s next to none, you just help yourself and swipe your card.”

He said some days it was more than a 20-minute wait to fill up but it was “definitely worth waiting around for”.

Two retailers in Lauderdale are currently selling petrol for $1.35 a litre, according to the RACT.

General manager of mobility services Darren Moody said Christmas was an expensive time of year for Tasmanian families and a time when they often used more fuel than normal.

He said retailers should give some relief to motorists.

“The petrol wholesale price is $1.21, while the retail price in Tasmania is $1.55 on average,” he said.

“That is a difference of 34 cents.

“The difference between the wholesale and retail price interstate is 10.4 cents per litre.

“The RACT believes the difference in Tasmania should be between 13 and 14 cents a litre.”

Mr Moody said he was expecting the wholesale price to fall again in coming weeks.

He said motorists should shop around because there were pockets of cheaper fuel about.

“If you find one, support it,” he said.

“We are also regularly on the lookout to promote cheaper fuel prices through our social media channels, so feel free to let us know as well.”

The ACCC report found average prices in September in regional Tasmanian were lower than in Hobart but there were still four locations that registered more than $1.60 a litre — Huonville, Launceston, New Norfolk and Queenstown.

From 190 regional locations monitored by the ACCC, Tasmania was second only to Western Australia for the number of towns over $1.60 a litre. WA had seven.

Petrol price monitoring website MotorMouth had Hobart as the most expensive capital city on Friday morning with an average price of 159.4 cents a litre.

Drivers stopping at Caltex on either Macquarie or Davey streets were stung even more with prices advertised at 161.9 cents a litre.

Extracted from Herald Sun

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