Tech-savvy QLD drivers beat the bowser
Published Thursday, 22 July, 2021 at 09:44 AM
Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement
The Honourable Mick de Brenni
Drivers across the state are saving at the bowser thanks to the Queensland Government’s mandatory fuel price reporting scheme—from $48 up north in Cairns to $37 in Rockhampton and $171 per year in Brisbane.
Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said drivers were checking petrol prices on comparison apps and websites more than 750,000 times per month.
“Our mandatory fuel price reporting is continuing to help Queenslanders,” he said.
“Under mandatory laws introduced by the Palaszczuk Government, servos publish their fuel prices within 30 minutes, so drivers can compare prices through a number of apps and websites.
“There’s now 15 apps or websites using the Queensland Government data to choose from.
“The latest research by Griffith University shows by shopping around, over a year, drivers saved up to $171.60 in Brisbane, $156.15 in Ipswich, $145.48 on the Gold Coast, $93.15 in the Lockyer Valley, $48.59 in Cairns and $37.21 in Rockhampton.”
RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said access to real time prices meant drivers could make informed decisions on where they bought fuel.
“Empowering motorists with access to this information saves them money at bowser. We now know when to fill up and where to fill up, which is the best way to make the price cycle and local competition work for us,” Ms Smith said.
“Recent record prices in Brisbane fell incredibly quickly, up to 3.5 cents per litre in a day. Refusing to fill the tank at expensive servos and instead shopping around or delaying purchase until prices fall, drives competition and cheaper fuel prices.
“When drivers use the apps and websites, like RACQ’s Fair Fuel Finder, they’re taking back the power and saving at the pump.”
Mr de Brenni said the Final Assessment of the Queensland Fuel Price Reporting Trial showed the Government’s decision to make mandatory fuel price reporting permanent was the right call.
For a full list of apps and websites using the data, and the Griffith University report, visit: https://www.epw.qld.gov.au/about/initiatives/fuel-price-reporting
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