Petrol price sign reforms a win for Qld motorists

RACQ has applauded today’s announcement the State Government has passed laws to ban the display of dodgy discounted bowser prices on petrol price signs in Queensland.

The new regulations would mean service stations could only display the full price available to all motorists on price boards.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said the Club had been calling for the reforms for six years, and this was a huge win for motorists.

“Too many petrol stations are luring motorists in by advertising cheaper fuel prices, where you need a voucher to redeem or first buy items in the store,” Ms Smith said.

“These dodgy advertisements mean many motorists are suckered into filling up before realising they’re not eligible for the fuel discount. It’s fantastic the State Government’s now making this practice illegal.”

Treasurer and Acting Energy and Biofuels Minister Curtis Pitt said laws passed this week responded to concerns raised by RACQ and other stakeholders at the Queensland Fuel Price Summit in 2016.

“Consensus at the summit was that the regulatory model in place in South Australia and Victoria is the preferred approach, and the new regulations will adopt this model rather than the more prescriptive and onerous approach adopted by New South Wales,” Mr Pitt said.

Service station owners have until 31 January 2018 to implement the changes.