Fuel prices are expected to fall in coming weeks to match the rapidly dropping prices available to Perth drivers.
Figures supplied to the South Western Times from FuelWatch show petrol, diesel and LPG prices are about the same as they were in January.
This month’s average petrol price of 144.95 cents per litre is six cents more than it was in January.
Diesel has remained steady at 150.75 cents per litre as has LPG at 74.56 cents per litre.
FuelWatch coordinator Ray Gibson said he expected to see prices drop.
‘‘Recently international fuel prices have been easing and local prices are beginning to fall as a result,’’ Mr Gibson said.
‘‘So in the short term, motorists are likely to see retail fuel prices continue to ease.
‘‘In the longer term, it is impossible to predict price movements.’’
Although Bunbury’s prices are expected to drop, they are about 10 cents per litre more expensive than Perth prices.
The average price for petrol in Perth yesterday was 130.5 cents per litre, while South West prices averaged 142.3 cents per litre.
Country drivers also pay more for their diesel and LPG — 147.6 and 79.2 cents per litre, respectively, compared with 146 and 68.3 cents per litre in Perth.
Yesterday the cheapest fuel price in the city was 124.1 cents per litre compared with 135.9 cents per litre in the South West.
Mr Gibson said for most of the year Bunbury’s petrol price had been lower than the State’s capital.
‘‘However, recently international prices have fallen quite sharply, Perth prices have responded to this fall faster than Bunbury’s,’’ he said.
‘‘As a result, the average ULP price in Bunbury is now higher than in Perth for the first time in approximately 12 months.
‘‘International prices continue to be in a downward trend and so we expect Bunbury prices to also trend downwards, at least in the short term.’’
The South West has the cheapest petrol in regional WA.
The average South West petrol price sits at 142.6 cents per litre compared with the second cheapest in the Wheatbelt at 144.5 cents per litre.
On average LPG is 72 cents per litre in the Peel region compared with 79.2 cents per litre in the South West.
Peel has the cheapest diesel prices at 147.2 cents per litre, just 0.4 cents per litre cheaper than in the South West.