Have you ever seen a good deal on a service station price board only to find that when you get to the bowser, the price is different or the price of the fuel type you use isn’t even listed on the board?
The kids might be screaming in the back of the car, you might be in a real hurry, or for another reason, you fill up anyway and feel like you’ve been duped.
The NRMA believes it is high time every blend of fuel including E10, unleaded, premium, LPG and diesel should be displayed on service station price boards.
Judging by government, stakeholder, media and public reaction, it would appear that momentum is gathering for universal rules that would force oil companies to display all fuel prices of their boards.
The Australian Government along with representatives from state governments met in Adelaide last Friday 6 July to determine if displaying all prices on price boards should be legislated. The meeting occurred one day after the NRMA released the results of a Member survey that found overwhelming support for fairer price boards with 95 per cent wanting it mandatory for service stations to advertise all fuels on their price boards.
Additionally, the NSW Government has released a discussion paper looking at making it compulsory for the price of all types of fuel to be listed on price boards. The NRMA will be responding to the discussion paper and will be strongly supporting this proposed change.
Please let us know what you think we should be telling the government through our submission.
The survey of 800 Members found one-in-two motorists have been caught out by misleading fuel price boards in the last year, while more than half drove into a service station expecting a certain price only to discover it was more expensive. Over 30 per cent claim this happened at least three times in the last year.
Proposed changes would also force supermarket aligned service stations to advertise their actual fuel price and not just the discounted shopper-docket price.
A price board with the prices of all fuel blends means motorists will have more information to make the right choice to fill up. It will encourage service stations to fight harder for customers driving past and may promote greater competition and therefore, cheaper prices.
Media have supported the NRMA’s push for mandatory price boards with strong print, radio and regional television coverage across the state. The NRMA has been campaigning for some time and we hope to achieve a win for motorists soon.
Have you been in a situation where you paid more than what you thought was advertised on a price board? We would like to hear from you and may use your comments to form part of our submission to the NSW Government on fuel price boards.