RAA Senior Analyst Chris West said Port Augusta achieved an overall rating of 4.1 this month thanks to having the fairest priced petrol and LPG of any of the country towns monitored.
“In fact Port Augusta scored 5 out of 5 for its petrol prices. It’s the first time any town has achieved a perfect score for petrol, which is fantastic,” said Mr West.
There was a slight improvement in South Australia’s overall rating this month, rising to 2.7 after scoring 2.5 in May.
Loxton and Renmark in the Riverland rounded out the top three positions thanks also to their fair petrol prices.
“The area of greatest concern this month is unfairly priced diesel. Right across South Australia, diesel prices aren’t reflecting cost price movements at the moment,” said Mr West.
RAA is particularly disappointed to see a number of towns, including Renmark, Port Lincoln, Tailem Bend, Bordertown, Victor Harbor, Murray Bridge and Broken Hill, all rating lower than remote Coober Pedy and Ceduna.
“Country LPG motorists also have every right to feel like they’re being ripped off at the moment,” said Mr West.
“Retailers were quick to pass on record LPG prices in December but have not passed on the 21cpl of cost price reductions since then.
“It means we now have only 6 towns with average prices, with the remainder rated as either Poor or Very Poor.
“In fact three towns, Bordertown, Broken Hill and Murray Bridge, scored our first ever 0 out of 5 for LPG.”
With the arrival of the school holidays, RAA is encouraging anyone taking a driving holiday to shop around.
“If possible, plan ahead and stop at towns that are offering the best prices,” said Mr West.
To find out where the best priced fuel along your driving route is located, visit www.raa.com.au/regionalfuel