Drivers in Dalby are feeling ripped off at the bowsers.
Drivers in Dalby are feeling ripped off at the bowsers.

RIPPED OFF: Why petrol prices in Dalby aren’t dropping

THE Darling Downs has experienced significant drops in petrol prices, however those drops seem to have skipped Dalby entirely.

The average price of unleaded petrol in Dalby is 129.1 cents per litre, while Toowoomba’s prices average around 116.6 cents per litre, leaving Dalby residents feeling ripped off by the significantly higher prices.

RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith told News they were hopeful prices would drop soon.

“Following the recent falls in the global oil price and local Terminal Gate Price, retail prices should have fallen substantially further than what we have seen in some parts of regional Queensland,” she said.

“Toowoomba prices are some of the cheapest in regional Queensland, but we haven’t seen prices fall that far in Dalby.

“We would like to see prices below 100cpl in Dalby to pass on savings at the bowser to motorists.”

Ms Smith said the drop in the price of oil globally is partially due to the effects of COVID-19.

Demand for fuel has dropped because of restrictions place on motor and air travel.

A “price war” between Saudi Arabia and Russia can also be blamed for the price changes.

The last time the price of petrol stooped as low in Toowoomba was in October of 2016, but Ms Smith said greater drops in fuel prices were expected in the coming weeks.

“We hope that fuel companies will pass further savings on to motorists as prices are too high at the moment,” she said.

“In the last month the average price of ULP in Dalby has fallen by 14cpl and we expect prices to fall further.

“We would like to see prices drop to below 100cpl.

“The falls in the retail price in Dalby have been outstripped by falls in the Terminal Gate Price and we would’ve have expected substantially greater falls in the retail price.”


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