Perth drivers will be “punished” at the petrol bowser on Wednesday with prices smashing through the $2 per litre mark for the first time ever.

Motorists are being urged to fill their tanks on Tuesday before the average price hits a record-breaking $1.95 per litre on average across the city.

The figure is a 25c increase on Tuesday’s average price and 5c higher than the previous record-breaking price set on February 9.

It will also make Perth the most expensive Australian capital city to buy fuel in on Wednesday, based on current projections.

BP service stations will hike their prices 38 cents per litre to $2.07 – the most expensive fuel ever recorded in Perth.

Ninety Perth and Mandurah service stations are expected to slug motorist more than $2 a litre on Wednesday

RAC Manager Vehicles and Fuels Alex Forrest said Perth motorists were being “punished” by petrol retailers and that high crude oil prices were no justification for the overnight cost hike.

“Each fortnight, we’re seeing petrol prices reach new heights and a staggering number of motorists are saying they simply can’t afford for this to continue,” Mr Forrest said.

“Petrol prices remaining at or around the $2 mark will, on average, amount to an extra $670 this year — this is a huge blow to household budgets and will only make it more difficult for people to get around our city.

“A recent poll of our members revealed most would have to change their driving behaviour to save money, with nearly 40 per cent saying they’d drive less and another 50 per cent shopping around more for the best price.”

Despite 90 retailers slugging drivers $2 or more on Wednesday, there will still be 40 sites offering fuel below $1.70

The 45c difference between the cheapest and most expensive service stations could translate to drivers saving $27 when filling up a standard 60L tank, according to FuelWatch

TUESDAY’S CHEAPEST UNLEADED PETROL SITES:

Costco Perth Airport (membership only) – 162.7 cents per litre

Liberty Gosnells – 163.9

Caltex Woolworths Maddington – 163.9

Shell Alkimos – 164.9

Vibe Forrestdale and Upper Swan – 167.3

WEDNESDAY’S CHEAPEST UNLEADED PETROL SITES:

Costco Perth Airport (membership only) – 162.7

Liberty Gosnells – 163.9

Vibe Forrestdale and Nollamara – 167.5

Liberty and Banksia Grove – 167.5

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