MOTORISTS in Ipswich paid more for diesel in 2012 than in 2011 but enjoyed the second cheapest prices in Queensland, according to the RACQ.
In the 2012 annual Fuel Price Report, Ipswich motorists paid on average 2.2c per litre more for diesel than in 2011, but 5cpl less than the statewide average.
RACQ executive general manager advocacy Paul Turner said only Townsville paid less for diesel than Ipswich last year.
"Ipswich motorists who drive diesel-powered vehicles paid on average 148.2cpl last year, right behind Townsville where the price was the cheapest in Queensland at 148.1cpl," he said.
"Motorists right across Queensland were hit with higher prices last year, with the state-wide average of 153.2cpl, up 3.5cpl on the previous year. This price rise was due to higher fuel company margins, with the average statewide margin up 4.1cpl on 2011."
Ipswich motorists had no reprieve on unleaded prices, which averaged 146cpl, up 3.6cpl on 2011.
Mr Turner said fuel prices in 2012 would have been even higher if the Australian dollar had not been so strong, serving as a buffer.