State plans fuel sign changes

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE end of mis­lead­ing prices dis­played at petrol sta­tions across the Far North is in sight.

The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment has plans to ban dis­play­ing dis­counted prices that are only avail­able with dis­count vouch­ers or in-store pur­chases on fuel price boards.

The re­forms would mean fuel re­tail­ers could still pro­mote their dis­counts but would also have to show the full prices to mo­torists.

Edge Hill mo­torist Naomi Styles said she had been de­ceived by dis­counted fuel signs in the past. “It’s mis­lead­ing be­cause you think you’re get­ting a great deal but then you find out that’s a dis­counted price,” she said. “By then it’s too late be­cause you’ve al­ready pumped the petrol so you have to pay the price.”

RACQ spokesman Paul Turner said reg­u­la­tion of petrol price boards would give the power back to mo­torists.

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Jus­tice Yvette D’Ath said the draft laws had been re­leased for com­mu­nity and in­dus­try re­view. “We want to en­sure the Gov­ern­ment gets the right bal­ance of pro­tect­ing con­sumers and also avoid­ing high reg­u­la­tory costs, which could un­in­ten­tion­ally push petrol prices up,” she said.

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