Fuel price board confusion comes to an end: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has celebrated a win for motorists with service stations across Queensland forced to remove confusing discounted prices from display boards from today.

Coles discounted fuel price sign

After a five-year long RACQ campaign, the State Government responded with legislation which gave retailers until today to comply with new laws, dictating only the full price could be displayed to drivers.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the laws, passed in July 2017, were welcomed by motorists who were tired of being fooled into paying too much for fuel.

“Retailers had tried to lure drivers in with a low price on the board, then often hit them with a higher one at the bowser,” Mr Turner said.

“It’s misleading and incredibly frustrating and it’s why we’re so pleased the State Government has listened to our calls and banned the practice.”

Mr Turner congratulated the Queensland Government for passing the legislation.

“Queensland motorists will now be able to make informed decisions thanks to this ‘what you see is what you get’ way of pricing,” he said.

“It’s a great step forward in levelling the playing field between motorists and retailers, but this is an on-going battle.

“Now we need to see the Queensland Government commit to delivering transparent reporting of petrol prices with real-time data, to ensure motorists know where they should fill up and which retailers to avoid.

“It’s currently difficult for motorists to make accurate comparisons between servos with some refusing to publish their data. By passing legislation which would require all retailers to be upfront about their prices, the State Government could further empower motorists to make informed decisions to avoid being ripped off at the bowser.”

Motorists can check the Fair Fuel Price in their area on the RACQ website.