You pay the price you see
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.