RACQ calls for action on Qld fuel price rip offs
THE State's peak motoring body has called on the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) to act, in the wake of its report showing regional motorists had been ripped off at the bowser.
RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said the report justified RACQ's campaign over the last few years against fuel companies ripping off Queensland motorists.
"This ACCC report highlights the problems RACQ has been campaigning against, regional motorists pay more than city drivers and Brisbane drivers paying more than those in the other State capitals," Ms Smith said.
"The key question now is, what will the ACCC and the Federal Government do about it?
"The Government may have given the ACCC more powers to monitor prices, but when will they give the ACCC the power to do something about price gouging?
"For months last year the difference between Brisbane fuel prices and those in regional Queensland were substantial.
"While we all benefited from lower international prices, there was definitely a discrimination against regional motorists."
RACQ also noted that Brisbane motorists suffered compared to those in the other major cities across Australia.
"The ACCC report shows that fuel companies charged an average margin of 11cpl in Brisbane compared to the average of the major cities of 8cpl," she said.
"Queensland's lack of competition is only made worse by the misleading and deceptive fuel price signs outside our fuel stations.
"It is now time for the Queensland Government to implement fuel price sign regulations to remove the deceptive so-called discounts so motorists can make an informed choice."
The ACCC found that the main reason for the differences was local competition.
The report can be found at - http://goo.gl/M4QgCf