Gladstone fuel boycott starts as ACCC stays quiet

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is tight lipped on whether it will conduct an investigation into fuel prices in Gladstone.

The ACCC last month aanounced it would produce eight reports on petrol prices this year, including studies in three regional markets.

The commission will include analysing what drives petrol prices in particular regional markets. 

Gladstone drivers are still protesting having to pay higher fuel prices, with another campaign to boycott fuel stations that charge higher prices kicking off on Friday.

The day has been declared No Fuel in Gladstone Day, with motorists encouraged to buy their fuel at service stations that offer consistently lower prices, such as those at Boyne Island, Calliope and Benaraby.

A similar push was organised in December, resulting in more business for the Boyne Island BP.

More than 200 people have liked a Facebook page set up to push the boycott, which has now been extended to cover the week up to February 13 due to high demand.

With the exception of two or three independent operators in the Gladstone region, fuel prices have consistently been up to 15c higher than other regional areas.

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