Steane Klose | Feb 9, 2012

Motorists running their cars on LPG could be in for some pain at the pump, according to Victoria’s RACV.

In some instances, Victorian motorists have already noticed increases of up to 12 cents a litre on the traditionally much cheaper alternative to petrol.

RACV Acting Manager Vehicle Engineering, Nick Platt, said the price of LPG has hit a historic high, due to higher oil prices and a shortage of LPG in the Asian market. Mr Platt said the northern hemisphere winter was also impacting on the LPG price.

“Since October 2011, the LPG regional benchmark price has risen by almost 35 percent. RACV expected that the latest increase would have pushed prices up by four or five cents per litre, not the 12 cents per litre that we are seeing,” Mr Platt said.

“The jump in LPG prices is unexpected and is much higher than the benchmark price. This could catch many motorists unawares. We encourage motorists who use LPG in their vehicles to fill up early to beat the price rise.”

The price of LPG is traditionally more stable than petrol, with LPG pricing pegged to an international benchmark which changes monthly and remains reasonably steady throughout the month.

The last few months has seen LPG price fluctuations become increasingly erratic. RACV has called for an ACCC investigation into LPG price settings, and the unprecedented jump in prices.


Interested in a new car? Simply tell us the vehicle you are interested in and we can take care of the rest.

Make required
Name required
Last Name should be a hidden field. Please delete if you are a real person.
Valid Phone required
Valid Email required
Valid Postcode required
Thank you for your enquiry.
One of our accredited supply network will be in touch in the next 24 hours.
Or Call 1300 438 639
To get a great deal from our national accredited supply network.
Follow Steane Klose on Google+
Filed under victoria fuel prices racv lpg News