The RACT has called on petrol retail outlets across the state to only display undiscounted petrol prices on fuel price boards from today (Monday 7 May 2018).
Officially prescribed under the Australian Consumer Law (Tasmania) Act 2010, the change, which comes into effect today, means only undiscounted petrol prices can be displayed on petrol price boards before any promotional discounts are applied.
RACT general manager Mobility Services Darren Moody said inconsistent fuel price board information made it difficult for motorists to compare petrol prices, or even to know what they would pay for their fuel when filling up.
“The new law will greatly assist with this problem and provide the sort of transparency motorists need when they are buying fuel, no matter the location,” he said.
“We will keep a watching brief on the issue, and encourage members and motorists to contact us if they identify an outlet not displaying the correct price information.”
Mr Moody said RACT members consistently expressed concerns about fuel prices.
“It is a big issue for our members and all motorists, so we are pleased that our work with the government in this space has delivered this outcome,” he said.
“The introduction of a Code of Practice by the Tasmanian Parliament for fuel price boards was a long-time coming (the RACT had lobbied for the change since 2014), but it is excellent news for motorists.”