Scrutiny for dodgy fuel price boards
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8th July, 2012
The Australian Automobile Association (AAA), the national motoring body,
has welcomed as a major step forward to empower motorists, an agreement to begin development of a national standard for
fuel price boards.
A meeting of state and federal consumer affairs ministers in Adelaide last week has agreed to begin work on a national
approach to fuel price board regulation.
“This is a significant breakthrough and should result in greater fuel price transparency for motorists,” AAA
Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.
“For too long, fuel retailers have been getting away with misleading or confusing drivers,” he said.
“The motoring clubs have been campaigning for a long time to improve fuel price information and transparency so
this agreement is a major step forward on the issue.”
“We see too many examples of prices being displayed at the roadside that are only available if you meet certain
criteria such as having a discount coupon, using a certain credit card or if you buy something in store,” Mr McKellar
“Adding to the problem is the increased use of premium unleaded and diesel fuels which are often not displayed on
the price board at all.”
“The AAA supports the proposed way forward with an information standard to be developed under the Australian
Consumer Law,” he said.
“The motoring clubs are looking forward to working with the ACCC, the Federal Government and other stakeholders to
ensure any new standard is fair and enables drivers to make informed decisions,” he said.