We might not be fond of everything that NRMA says, but when the NSW’s peak motoring body accused Caltex of treating motorists like idiots – we decided to take some notice, and this time, we are on the same side as NRMA.
Caltex announced yesterday that despite public perception, petrol prices rise only due to higher demand and the increase in the high world prices.
“The temptation to make false accusations will be very strong this year considering the current high petrol prices resulting from high world prices – these are ideal conditions for a petrol pricing beat-up,” Caltex chief executive Des King said.
NRMA motoring and services director Graham Blight responded by saying that Caltex’s plea for motorists to stop picking on them only went to show that the petrol distributor was ripping families off.
Mr Blight showed a graph which detailed how petrol prices dropped after the June long weekend in 2006 after reaching “outrageous heights” in the two days leading up to the queens birthday long weekend.
The graph shows the price of petrol on the Thursday prior to last year’s queen’s birthday long weekend was $1.433 cents and $1.413 on Friday. However come Tuesday, the price dropped back down to $1.361. This has really fired up the NRMA.
“Ripping us off in broad daylight is one thing, but to treat Australian motorists like idiots with these ridiculous Monty Pythonesque antics is disrespectful and the oil giant should know better.” Mr Blight said.
Unfortunately for us everyday motorists, it seems that the Australian federal and state governments are in bed with the petrol companies and this has resulted in the ACCC having little to no power to succesfully investigate and put a stop to this scam.
“it’s time to give the ACCC the powers they need to deal with this sort of behaviour,” Mr Blight said.