Real-time fuel price mon­i­tors for state

Central Telegraph - - TRANSPORT -

IT HAS long been called for by mo­tor­ing bod­ies and now driv­ers will be able to find the cheap­est fuel in town on their phone from De­cem­ber.

The Cen­tral Tele­graph last month re­vealed Biloela driv­ers were be­ing hit with the most ex­pen­sive diesel fuel prices in the state, with the RACQ call­ing for driv­ers to vote with their wal­lets and shun re­tail­ers with the high­est prices in town.

A two-year trial of re­al­time fuel price mon­i­tor­ing in Queens­land has now been an­nounced, mean­ing driv­ers will get the chance to do just that by be­ing alerted to price changes within 30 min­utes of a change at the bowser.

En­ergy Min­is­ter Dr An­thony Lyn­ham said the goal was for driv­ers to be able to use their buy­ing power to sup­port re­tail­ers do­ing the right thing.

“By the Easter hol­i­days, of­fend­ers will face fines if they do not re­port their fuel prices ac­cu­rately and on time,” Dr Lyn­ham said.

He said the sys­tem would have safe­guards against mis­lead­ing pric­ing and not in­flict un­nec­es­sary red tape.

The two-year trial will see fuel prices pub­lished on ex­ist­ing apps and web­sites such as Mo­tor­mouth, Gas­Buddy, PetrolSpy, RACQ and Com­pare the Mar­ket.

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