Are consumers of fuels being ripped off?
Judith Collins has launched an inquiry.
For free here is what you will discover unless you insist payment;
Fuel prices are based on what the market will sustain.
The "GULL" factor will suppress pump prices if there is a Gull outlet or similar available.
It costs money to provide fuel in more remote locations with low volumes.
Full forecourt service has a cost in wages and overheads.
To offer the price Gull forces, requires a subsidy extracted from more lucrative sites free from competition.
Environmental pressures make many outlets vulnerable from old underground tanks and refurbishment costs.
Truck stops and card outlets can provide lower pump prices.
Government tax extortion inherent in pricing is a restraint on barrel price/ pump price ratios.
The sale of the "Z" brand by Shell to NZ Super Fund has made monopoly based decisions more palatable and therefore unchallenged. Leading to the laughable decision for Z to take over Chevron , Caltex and Challenge brands with the facile divestment of 19 stations, out of how many?
Watch when niche operators like Nelson Petroleum, Waitomo, Mckeown, and any others are made "offers they can't refuse".
Here in Paradise, Nelson based " NPD offers city pump price 80 Kms along highway 75 with supermarket docket discounts and gold card discounts while Allied in Duvauchelle with a card pump pricing much higher, come in Einstein.
But you are sounding caring Judith, payment to box 48, cheque payable to Charles Ash.