Fuel price boards will not be able to show the discounted price of petrol under proposed laws.
Fuel price boards will not be able to show the discounted price of petrol under proposed laws. Eliza Goetze

Qld's discount fuel price ban details revealed

PETROL stations will have until January 31 to remove the discounted fuel price from pricing boards, under proposed Queensland Government regulations.

Acting Energy Minister Curtis Pitt will on Saturday announce new "what you see is what you pay” laws to ensure motorists know the price they will pay for fuel.

Motoring group RACQ will welcome the change, having campaigned on the issue for six years.

The new laws, that cabinet signed off on this week, will ban petrol stations displaying prices that require a voucher or in-store purchase to receive.

The government announced its intention to change the practice earlier this year, but had not released details until now.

Mr Pitt said petrol stations will still be able to advertise discount fuel but only the full price will be displayed on price boards.

"These reforms have been introduced due to on-going concerns that some motorists may be paying more at the bowser than they were initially led to believe, which is typically when fuel retailers display prices that are only available to motorists who have a discount voucher or make an in-store purchase,” he said.

Petrol station owners will have until January 31, 2018 to make the changes.

Mr Pitt said the changes were based on concerns raised at the 2016 Fuel Price Summit.

"The laws also follow comprehensive community and industry consultation undertaken by the Department of Energy and Water Supply earlier this year and support for the changes expressed by stakeholders including the RACQ and the Motor Trades Association of Queensland,” he said.

"Calls for truth in petrol price advertising has long been a burning issue for motorists.”

When the government announced its intention to change the laws RACQ spokesman Paul Turner praised the decision.

"For too long petrol stations have been luring motorists in by advertising cheaper fuel prices where you needed a voucher or to buy items in the store. This meant many motorists were suckered into filling up before realising they weren't eligible for the fuel discount,” he said.

"This regulation will even the playing field by forcing all retailers to advertise the 'true price'. It'll also allow motorists to make an informed choice about where they want to fill up.”

Earlier this year petrol station advocacy group Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association chief Mark McKenzie said the changes were a "balanced approach”.

- NewsRegional



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