Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

The Mo­tor Trades As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land (MTA Queens­land) has been ac­tively cam­paign­ing for re­forms to leg­is­la­tion gov­ern­ing fuel price boards for ap­prox­i­mately ten years. As the peak body rep­re­sent­ing the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, MTA Queens­land has strong sup­port for the changes from its in­dus­try mem­bers af­ter many years of con­sul­ta­tion and ad­vo­cacy.

Con­cur­rent to many brief­ings to the Min­is­ter for En­ergy, Bio­fu­els and Wa­ter Sup­ply, Mark Bai­ley and the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment, MTA Queens­land has com­pleted nu­mer­ous sub­mis­sions and main­tained strong ad­vo­cacy for in­de­pen­dent ser­vice sta­tion op­er­a­tors, to stop con­fu­sion at petrol bowsers and en­sure prices on fuel dis­play boards ac­cu­rately dis­play the full price of the fuel. MTA Queens­land strongly sup­ports the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed re­forms whereby strict new reg­u­la­tions will com­mence mid-year and al­low ser­vice sta­tion op­er­a­tors six months to im­ple­ment the changes. The pro­posed laws will ban the dis­play of con­di­tion­ally dis­counted prices on fuel price boards, such as those that re­quire a dis­count voucher or an in-store pur­chase, to en­sure mo­torists never pay more at the pump than the price ad­ver­tised on the board. The draft laws have now been re­leased for com­mu­nity and in­dus­try con­sul­ta­tion.

Queens­land mo­torists and the fuel in­dus­try are en­cour­aged to have their say on the pro­posed fuel price board reg­u­la­tions.

Dr Brett Dale, CEO, MTA Queens­land

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