From Monday, February 19, service station are banned from displaying the discounted fuel price on their signs.
From Monday, February 19, service station are banned from displaying the discounted fuel price on their signs. Mike Knott

Honest fuel pricing welcomed by drivers

SERVICE stations are now banned from displaying the discounted price of fuel.

This means stations will have to display the true price, excluding deals they offer to club members or shopping voucher holders.

While changes came into force on Monday, they were passed by the State Government last July..

The move marks the end of a five-year campaign by RACQ for greater transparency on fuel

pricing.

RACQ spokesman Paul Turner said the laws were welcomed by motorists who were tired of being fooled into paying too much for fuel.

"Retailers had tried to lure drivers in with a low price on the board, then often hit them with a higher one at the bowser,” Mr Turner said.

"It's misleading and incredibly frustrating and it's why we're so pleased the State Government has listened to our calls and banned the practice.”

The next step for RACQ is to get more information on how fuel stations determine what the price will be.

"We need to see the State Government commit to delivering transparent reporting of petrol prices with real-time data, to ensure motorists know where they should fill up and which retailers to avoid,” Mr Turner said.

"It's currently difficult for motorists to make accurate comparisons between servos with some refusing to publish their data.

Check the Fair Fuel Price at www.racq.com.au.

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