Warning to watch for bowser blues

NSW Farmers is urging motorists to keep an eye out for spikes in fuel prices with the excise discount ending at midnight.

While the federal government says the end of a 22 cent cut to fuel taxes shouldn’t trigger an immediate spike in prices, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will be keeping a closer eye on potential price gouging.

NSW Farmers Business, Economics and Trade Committee chair John Lowe said a simple way to avoid being ripped off at the pump was to use the FuelCheck app.

“The state government requires fuel prices to be updated to the app in real-time, so you can easily find out if there are savings to be had just down the road,” Mr Lowe said.

“Particularly for the larger operators who carry our food and freight around, the end of the excise discount is going to significantly increase the cost of transport.

“If you’re heading out and need to top up at some point, check ahead to see if you can save some money.”

On Tuesday, there were differences of up to 47 cents a litre for diesel in the New England; while it could be purchased for 198.9 at Manilla, 100km away at Kentucky it was retailing for 245.9.

Mr Lowe said shopping smarter was going to be critical in the coming months with everyone – from farmers to families – paying more for essentials such as fuel.

“Things are getting dearer and we need to find savings because of those cost-of-living pressures,” he said.

“Buying local in-season produce is a great way to save, it’s just a case of being deliberate about what you purchase.

“Fancy apps are a help, but so too is good old-fashioned common sense.”

Anyone concerned about excessive fuel price rises can make a complaint to the ACCC here: https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/petrol-diesel-lpg/fuel-prices-in-regional-locations

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