With Victoria slowly inching towards reopening from the COVID-19 lockdown, the advice to motorists hitting the road is simple - fill up now.
Petrol prices have started to surge in the past week and experts have warned Australians face paying petrol prices of $2 per litre as people across the world travel more.
Following a gradual rise in recent months, fuel prices in Bendigo had largely steadied to an average of 149 cents per litre for unleaded (on October 4) and an average high of 152.9 cents per litre (on October 7).
There had been a slight increase earlier this week with prices moving from an average of 150.7 cents per litre for unleaded on October 8 to 151.6 cents per litre for unleaded on October 10.
However, several Bendigo fuel outlets have increased their prices further with some selling unleaded petrol today for up to 157.9 cents per litre.
World markets are behind the latest rise. On Monday, the price of US crude oil jumped by more than two per cent to a seven-year high of $US81.50 ($A111) a barrel before settling down to around $US80 per barrel overnight.
Deep Data Analytics chief executive Mathan Somasundaram said rising oil, gas and coal prices had the potential to damage the economy.
"The oil price is a huge deal because it adds to everyone's cost," Mr Somasundaram said.
"The US and Europe are going into their winter and they will use a lot for heating, and the prices are going through the roof."
The local fuel price is in stark contrast to 12 months ago at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), average retail petrol prices in 2020-21 in Australia's five largest cities were the lowest in 22 years in real inflation adjusted terms.
Annual average retail prices in 2020-21 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth were 129.7 cents per litre (cpl), a decrease of 4.9 cpl from 2019-20 (134.6 cpl). In real terms, the last time annual average retail prices were lower than this was in 1998-99 when they were 115.0 cpl.
The major factor in the pain felt at the petrol pump was Australia's high excise duty.
In 2020-21, taxes were the largest component of the price of petrol in Australia, and greater than the cost of refined petrol.
Taxes accounted for 42 per cent of the price, while the international price of refined petrol accounted for 39 per cent.
- with AAP
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