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Motorists Deserve Better Fuel Price Information

7.12.2012

The peak national motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), is encouraged by a consultation paper on fuel price advertising but says it's clear that action is needed to end confusion at service stations.

"Motorists are confused and deserve improved fuel price information - maintaining the status quo is not an option," AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.

A consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS): Consumers and Fuel Price Boards has been released today following a meeting of the Legislative and Governance Forum on Consumer Affairs (CAF).

"The AAA and constituent clubs have pushed for authorities to examine this issue and we will put forward a strong case for reform to ensure there is a nationally consistent standard," Mr McKellar said.

"The consultation paper is a major breakthrough because it recognises that motorists have been confused about the real cost of filling-up," he said.

"A recent national survey showed eight out of ten motorists supported consistent fuel price signage across all service stations," Mr McKellar said.

"There are 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 the store," he said.

"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."

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