Northern rivers motorists are paying substantially more for their petrol than their city counterparts and Page MP Kevin Hogan wants to know why.
Mr Hogan has written to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission asking it to investigate why petrol prices in the northern rivers region were well above the average of both Sydney and Brisbane.
‘World oil prices are falling and yet these lower prices are not being passed on to motorists on the North Coast,’ he said.
Mr Hogan said the average petrol price in Sydney this week was $1.05 a litre, while in Ballina the price was $1.29, Casino $1.08, Grafton $1.19, Lismore $1.21 and Woolgoolga $1.21.
The cheapest, according to the NRMA, was in 99 cents a litre in Blacktown.
‘Based on these prices, it is costing northern rivers’ motorists up to $13 more to fill up the average tank than those in Sydney,’ Mr Hogan said.
‘This is totally unacceptable. Even after accounting for the cost of transporting fuel, our pump priced should be lower and fall at the same rate as it does in the cities.’
Crude oil prices have slumped 20 per cent this year to about $US28 a barrel. Eight months ago prices were hovering around the $US65 mark.