Quick petrol price drop urged

TASMANIA'S peak automobile body says it is disappointed with the lack of petrol price fluctuation value that consumers are receiving at the bowser. 

RACT communications general manager Vince Taskunas said when the price of commodities dropped, it took a long time for the price reduction to flow on to retail prices.

``What is always disappointing is that the increases get passed on really quickly,'' Mr Taskunas said.

``We don't seem to get the full clip. We don't seem to get the full value of the price fluctuations in the Tasmanian market.''

With petrol prices hovering around $1.40 a litre in Launceston and $1.48 in Hobart, Mr Taskunas said Launceston and its surrounds were getting the best prices of a bad bunch.

He said petrol price relief could be on the way. ``Our predictions are that we'll see a levelling off and then a bit of a drop in the next couple of weeks, which will obviously take some time to flow into the Tasmanian market.

``We'll be asking retailers to do what they did last month and pass on those drops to motorists who are paying the higher prices in Tasmania.''


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