TAMWORTH’S fuel-related woes continue.
Last week the NRMA added diesel prices to its popular weekly Bowser Buster report – an online fuel-ranking system for 50 plus locations in NSW and Canberra.
The bad news for Tamworth residents was the city still ranks poorly when it comes to the cost of diesel.
Bowser Buster ranks towns according to the previous week’s fuel prices, from cheapest to most expensive.
Each Monday, the average unleaded and diesel prices for the previous week are ranked from the cheapest to most expensive town, showing how they have moved along the rankings from their previous week’s price.
Last week the Bowser Buster analysis found that Albury, Gundagai, the
Central Coast and Taree have consistently ranked in the top 10 cheapest places to buy diesel over the past few months.
Sadly though Tamworth, Ballina, Tumut, and Cooma have consistently ranked in the bottom 10 over the same period. Diesel is often up to 15 cents a litre more expensive than the cheapest towns.
NRMA motoring and services local director Graham Blight said an analysis of diesel prices found occasionally there could be an inexplicable rise or fall in a town’s average unleaded price from week to week.
“A town’s diesel ranking isn’t always mirrored by its unleaded ranking either. For example, Taree’s unleaded price was ranked 35 on Bowser Buster last week, yet on its diesel price it ranked third,” Mr Blight said.
“Aggressive competition, old fuel stock bought at a higher or lower price, and transport costs could explain such drastic changes in local diesel prices.
“It comes down to luck and timing sometimes when it comes to getting a cheaper or more expensive price at the bowser.”