Reductions in wholesale fuel prices haven't been passed on to WA drivers, the motoring club says. Image by James Gourley/AAP PHOTOS

Energy

Fuel retailers gouge WA regional drivers

2020-04-23 18:20:11

Fuel retailers are gouging motorists in Western Australia’s regions despite the recent plunge in wholesale prices, automotive club RAC says.

Sellers in the state’s major regional centres made an average of 49 cents per litre last week, compared with 15 cents per litre during the same week in 2019.

Average margins in Perth last week were 13.7 cents per litre.

“Big reductions in the international oil price flowed on to reductions in fuel prices at the wholesale level in WA, but much of this was not passed on to motorists at the pumps,” RAC manager vehicles and fuels Alex Forrest said.

“This was especially evident in regional areas, where pump prices remained high for weeks despite big drops in wholesale pricing.”