7 November 2013

Government to start work on clearer petrol price boards for consumers

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This media release announces that the Federal Government will work on clearer information for motorists when it comes to buying fuel following a meeting of state and territory consumer affairs ministers in Brisbane.

Clearer information for motorists when it comes to buying fuel will be worked on by the Federal Government following a meeting of state and territory consumer affairs ministers in Brisbane today.

There is sufficient concern that in some parts of the country consumers are being confused by the array of different price boards advertising everything from full price fuel, discount fuel, varying qualities of fuel and food products.

We're aiming to make life easier for consumers when they approach a petrol station so they know exactly what the cost of fuel is going to be.

Too often we're hearing of examples of where motorists are driving up to the pump in the belief their fuel is going to be a certain price only to find out at the till its not.

The ready ability for motorists to compare fuel prices, that are not subject to condition, would allow customers to choose where to fill up with confidence.

A minimum standard will also assist with competition allowing smaller players to advertise on a level playing field as advertised fuel will not be subject to condition.

It's pleasing that my state and territory colleagues are willing to work towards a national standard so consumers across the country can drive past, pull up and fill their vehicle with confidence.

The work on a minimum standard builds on the Coalition's election commitment to provide greater clarity to motorists on price boards and the work of consumer advocates including the Australian Automobile Association in bringing this issue to light.

The Federal Government will now work up a proposal to put to state and territory ministers for a vote in 2014.