RELIEF: RACQ says with global fuel prices dropping there may be relief at the bowser for regional drivers soon.
RELIEF: RACQ says with global fuel prices dropping there may be relief at the bowser for regional drivers soon. Trevor Veale

Relief on its way after record high fuel prices

KINGAROY drivers are feeling the sting after regional fuel prices recently soared to new records.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the company's current Fair Fuel Price for Kingaroy drivers was 145.5c/l for unleaded fuel, in comparison to prices throughout the state.

"But frustratingly for motorists the average price servos are charging is 158.7c/l," she said.

"RACQ's October Fuel Price report revealed that Kingaroy, like dozens of other regional centres, broke a fuel price record, and that's a record no driver wants to celebrate."

The volatility in the global oil price and the Australian dollar falling, has become a major factor in pushing up fuel prices.

However, over recent weeks the global price has fallen, meaning retailers are paying less for fuel.

"We'd expect those savings to be passed on to drivers in the next couple of weeks if not right away," she said.

Fuel is one of the highest weekly costs in the family budget.

"When prices are high and budgets are already stretched this limits the amount of fuel people can afford, so it means drivers are forced to be really careful about where they drive and how they fill up," Ms Clinton said.

RACQ said despite seeing the highest fuel prices ever recorded in Queensland, it did not excuse some blatant rip-offs.

Some Kingaroy service stations are charging 154c/l, whilst others are selling the fuel for 161c/l.

"Now while it might not seem much of a difference, it adds up, and we'd urge drivers to fill up at those cheaper sites and reward them with your business," Ms Clinton said.

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