MOTORISTS may see some relief to the price of petrol, with prices expect to drop slightly after the January holidays.
Over Christmas-New Year break just gone, Bathurst motorists spent significantly more on petrol compared to the same period in 2016.
Twelve months ago, the average price for unleaded fuel in Bathurst was 125.9 cents per litre but it is now up closer to 140c per litre.
However, the price is expected to drop slightly or remain stable after the January holidays.
NRMA regional corporate affairs officer Helen Machalias said petrol price cycles were driven by factors such as the Australian dollar and oil prices.
“We’re expecting fuel prices to remain stable or drop slightly after the January holidays,” she said.
On Friday, the cheapest price for unleaded fueld in Bathurst was 137.7 cents per litre at Metro Petroleum and 138.9 at United Petroleum.
The cheapest places for petrol in the Central West are currently Cowra, Oberon and Parkes.
However, stiff resistance from the Australian dollar is helping keep a cap on rising petrol pump prices as new year holiday travellers hit the roads.
Compared to this time last year, Australian motorists are paying around 10 cents a litre more when filling up, or $6 extra for a 60-litre tank.