Highway robbery. That’s what Queensland petrol stations are being accused of by the consumer watchdog. The ACCC has found motorists here are paying three-and-a-half cents a litre more than those interstate.

Maudy Veltema reports.

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Prices are skyrocketing and people are not happy.

Vox 1: “Every time I go to fill up my car, it seems to cost more and more.”

Especially if you’re on a backpacker budget.

Vox 2: “In New South Wales we filled our car up for about $1.21 and now here it’s 1.28.”

The ACCC has found Queenslanders are paying as much as $50 million more for petrol each year.

Vox 3: “I think it’s ridiculous, so it needs to be changed.”

The Premier says it’s time federal authorities intervene.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “I think it’s a bit unfair Queensland tends to pay higher prices than the rest of Australia, and frankly, it’s not good enough.”

She’s also demanding more from the consumer watch dog.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “I would like to see the ACCC implement real time disclosure right across the country.”

Clare Christensen, RACQ spokesperson: “They do exist in other areas such as in New South Wales, so it’s time that Queensland motorists have that same access to those transparent real time data.”

The Queensland Government is urging motorists to use petrol price comparison apps to ensure they can get the best deal at the pump.

The RACQ says competition will inevitably cut costs.

Clare Christensen, RACQ spokesperson: “Fuel retailers will only reduce their prices if there’s pressure to do so.”

Some are already using these apps.

Vox 4: “There was a difference in 40 cents between one service station and the next, and that was like within a distance of five or six kilometres.”

Taking some of the pressure out of the pump.

Maudy Veltema, QUT News.