Cars pile up in fuel queue

ROADS were choked last Tuesday as hundreds of motorists made a beeline for Metro Petroleum Punchbowl in an effort to fill up their tank with fuel costing 99c a litre from 3pm to 5pm.

A witness described the line of cars snaked from the petrol station, on the corner of Punchbowl and Canterbury roads, as an unbelievable sight and like nothing he’d ever seen in Sydney before.
“Traffic was even impacted in suburbs like Revesby and certainly Bankstown, it was absolutely crazy,” he said.
“Cars would have been queued for hours to get their share of the cheapest petrol in a decade.”
Metro Petroleum Punchbowl Franchisee Manager Lavkesh Guglani said they served 250 motorists in the two-hour period, selling 15,000 litres, but sadly some drivers missed out and others were told to put away their jerry cans as that was not part of the deal.
Bulldogs star Josh Addo-Carr was special guest for the afternoon, handing out free hats and t-shirts with free Mr Whippy ice-creams also on offer.
“We had eight petrol pumps and four of them were covered with eftpos machine operators so motorists didn’t need to go in store; it was an exhausting but exciting day which ran very smoothly and no, we didn’t run out of fuel,” Lavkesh said with a laugh.
The initiative, by giveaway company DCT Club, will run at Punchbowl and select Metro Petroleum stations across the country on the first Tuesday of each month, in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s interest rate meetings.
Metro Petroleum owner George Dib said the company was excited to give back to the community.
“Times are tough, there is no denying that. Wherever you look, it seems like consumers can’t get a break,” he said.
“We are absolutely on board with this initiative by DCT Club to alleviate some of the cost stress.”
It comes after the Reserve Bank left interest rates at 4.35 per cent following its May meeting, but left open the possibility of more hikes in future by saying it was “not ruling anything in or out”.
To keep up to date with the initiative and find out where the cheap petrol will be each month, readers can go to DCT Club Facebook page.