Austrians spent less on petrol and diesel for their cars this year, according to the Austrian Traffic Club (VCÖ), Austrian Times reported.
The group said drivers spent 17 fewer cents a litre for petrol and 27 fewer cents a litre for diesel this year than in 2008, adding that petrol had cost an average of 1.044 Euros a litre and diesel an average of 0.973 of an Euro a litre in 2009.
Despite lower fuel prices this year, car club Arbö warned last week about unjustifiably high prices at petrol stations in one of the busiest traffic periods of the year ahead of Christmas.
The club said the declining price of crude oil on the Rotterdam spot market meant that Eurosuper petrol and diesel should cost 3.7 cents and two cents, respectively, less per litre.
Oil companies, though, have said that pre-tax fuel prices in Austria have been stable since October if exchange-rate changes are excluded.