RAA, South Australia’s peak motoring body, has discovered a positive new trend emerging in the regional fuel market, where some country towns are paying less at the pump than motorists in Adelaide.
RAA senior analyst Chris West says over the past three months there had been a number of regional towns that had seen cheaper fuel compared to metropolitan motorists.
“We often receive calls from our regional members who are concerned that they may be paying more for their fuel, compared to their city counterparts,” Mr West says.
“But when comparing prices daily, we’re finding that some regional towns are actually more likely to see cheaper fuel on a day-to-day basis.”
An RAA study of fuel prices over the past three months has found: – Renmark’s unleaded (ULP) price has been cheaper than Adelaide 58 per cent of the time, followed by Naracoorte (44 per cent) and Mt Gambier (42 per cent) – Naracoorte’s diesel (DSL) is cheaper than Adelaide 95 per cent of the time, followed by Port Pirie (73 per cent) Port Augusta (59 per cent), Renmark (58 per cent), Clare (53 per cent), and Kadina (51 per cent) – Victor Harbor’s LPG is cheaper than Adelaide 54 per cent of the time and Mr West says this new trend has been caused by a change in Adelaide’s unleaded prices.
“Regional petrol prices are quite stable, so regional motorists don’t see the prices fluctuate like they do in Adelaide,” Mr West says.
“At the moment Adelaide fuel prices rise and fall by 17 cents per litre every ten days or so.
“Adelaide prices are spiking higher as part of the fuel cycle and remaining at the spiked price for longer compared to 12 months ago.”
Mr West says on any given day it is becoming less common for Adelaide prices to be lower than regional prices.
“An immediate example is that for the past week, Adelaide ULP motorists have seen prices at $1.50 per litre or higher, whereas most large regional centres continue to see unleaded prices below this figure,” Mr West says.
RAA recommends regional motorists shop around where they can as prices between service stations can vary by up to eight cents per litre, as is the case currently in Port Augusta and Renmark.
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