Skyrocketing petrol prices are pinching the pockets of Aussies around the country, but one lucky woman has managed to score the ‘cheapest fuel of her life’ at a petrol station in Sydney.
The average price of E10 in NSW is currently $2.10, while Diesel is $2.19 and Premium 98 is $2.32.
At the service station in St Andrews, southwest of Sydney, a bowser error saw the driver pay an astonishing 22.9c per litre – the average price of fuel in 1978.
Filling up with more than 43 litres of Premium 98, the woman paid just $10 for a full tank — equating to a 90 per cent discount.
In photos posted to Facebook, it’s clear that a digit was missing in the price of the fuel.
“Never in my lifetime has petrol been so cheap!” the motorist wrote, explaining that her “good fortune” occurred over the weekend.
She said the error had been fixed “by the time I went back with my husband’s car”.
Fellow Facebook users were stunned by her bargain.
“Someone definitely got in big trouble for that,” one woman wrote.
“That would've been a great start to the day,” another said. “I'm jealous as hell!”
“Sooo lucky!” added another.
In reply to one comment, the woman said the advertised price on the digital display by the road was $229.9.
Fuel prices hit hip pockets everywhere
The driver’s welcome surprise at the bowser comes amid a stark warning that fuel prices will continue to climb due to global pressures, including the Ukraine-Russia war.
The spike will impact Australians everywhere from the bowser to supermarket shelves, the NRMA's Peter Khoury told the ABC on Monday.
"Diesel is the fuel that our economy runs on. Farming, agriculture and mining, transport, small businesses that run fleets," he said.
"This is coast to coast and we have never seen anything like it in history. Your family will feel it at the bowser, in the supermarket aisles and everywhere else."
Queensland senator Susan McDonald and Victorian MP Anne Webster want the 44-cents per litre excise cut to help reduce cost of living pressures.
Senator McDonald says the government should also look at pausing at least a portion of the excise.
"We just can't afford to absorb the prices that we're looking at currently," she told the ABC.
Ms Webster has contacted Treasurer Josh Frydenberg about providing relief at the bowser.
The government is also facing pressure from Liberal premiers over the tax with NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein supporting a cut.
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