You pay the price you see

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

MO­TORISTS are less likely to be bam­boo­zled at the bowser in the com­ing months thanks to a Palaszczuk Govern­ment over­haul of how petrol prices are ad­ver­tised.

From Jan­uary 31 next year, ser­vice sta­tions will be banned from dis­play­ing dis­counted prices on fuel boards.

The new “what you see is what you will pay” reg­u­la­tions mean mo­torists will not pay more at the pump than what is ad­ver­tised.

I’m proud to be part of a govern­ment that has lis­tened to stake­hold­ers – in­clud­ing the RACQ – on this, and de­liv­ered change that will make true fuel prices eas­ier to un­der­stand.

Ser­vice sta­tion own­ers will still be able to pro­mote dis­count fuel price schemes, the strict new reg­u­la­tions en­sure only the full price of fuel avail­able to all mo­torists can be dis­played on the price boards.

Price changes must also be co- or­di­nated so mo­torists never pay more at the pump than the price ad­ver­tised on the board.

The new reg­u­la­tions strike the right bal­ance of pro­tect­ing mo­torists while avoid­ing high reg­u­la­tory costs which could un­in­ten­tion­ally push petrol prices up.

Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia al­ready have th­ese laws in place.

We’re also proud to be in­tro­duc­ing th­ese laws when, de­spite the RACQ call­ing for them since 2012, the pre­vi­ous LNP Govern­ment failed to lift a fin­ger.

We took on board com­mu­nity con­cerns, con­sulted widely – in­clud­ing in­dus­try – and acted.

It’s an­other glar­ing ex­am­ple of where the Ni­cholls- New­man Govern­ment was all talk and no ac­tion, promis­ing petrol price board re­form for Queens­lan­ders but do­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing. AARON HARPER, Thuringowa MP.

BOWSER BELIEVERS: The State Govern­ment has out­lawed mis­lead­ing fuel price ad­ver­tis­ing.

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