There’s more petrol pain for drivers. Brisbane motorists are being hit in the hip pocket, paying more for unleaded than any other capital city.

Alana Riley reports.


They’re going up, and up, and up.

And drivers aren’t happy.

VOX 1: “Pretty ridiculous the rate that they’re going up.”

VOX 2: “Being a normal working class guy, it just takes half my wage out pretty much.”

VOX 3: “They never seem to go down.”

Fuel companies have pumped up their margins and it’s costing motorists.

Lucinda Ross, RACQ: “Brisbane drivers paid on average $1.47 per litre for regular unleaded and that’s eight and a half cents higher than it was the month before. It really shows that it is important to shop around and support those that are charging more cheaper prices.”

Brisbane commuters are said to be paying more than any other captial.

While petrol prices here are cheaper, they’re creeping up to $1.67 per litre in parts of the city.

Lack of competition is adding to the bowser blues for drivers.

Independent retailers providing a much needed reprieve.

Tim Millard, Pacific Petroleum: “We just try to be competitive in the market we’re in and that’s the best we can do.”

But prices can still be unpredictable.

Tim Millard, Pacific Petroleum: “I’ve been in this game for 30 years and I still haven’t worked out what goes on.”

Commuters are now left to decide if a full tank is worth the empty pocket.

Alana Riley, QUT News.