Price board changes good for motorists

Motorists’ organisation NRMA has welcomed both the NSW and Federal Governments’ decision to consider forcing oil companies to advertise all prices of fuel on their petrol price boards.

NRMA Motoring and Services President Wendy Machin said the changes would give motorists more information before they pull into a service station and make pricing more transparent: “The NRMA has been campaigning on this issue for some time and raised the issue in the most recent State and Federal elections as a priority for motorists that both parties should consider. Price boards can often be misleading as they include shopper docket discounts and don’t include all grades of fuel.”

The NRMA welcomed the proposal released by the NSW Minister for Fair Trading The Hon. Anthony Roberts, which could mean that fuel retailers will need to be upfront and honest with motorists and to encourage real competition on the price of all fuels sold.

The NRMA also welcomed moves by the Federal Government to ensure price board standards are consistent across the country. Assistant Federal Treasurer The Hon. David Bradbury will shortly begin talks with the NSW and other state governments to ensure that all service stations right across the country have to advertise their prices. 

“This issue is important to all Australian drivers,” Machin concluded.

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