Govt bans roadside petrol promotions
SERVICE stations in across the state will be banned from posting shopper docket discount prices on roadside fuel boards.
New South Wales Fair Trading Minister, Anthony Roberts, says laws are being changed after an inspection of 300 petrol retailers earlier this year found a large number of operations were displaying discounted rather than the full, normal price of unleaded petrol.
“People will no longer be confused or misled by advertised prices based on shopper docket discounts and other special offers from service station operators,” he says in a statement today (Wednesday).
“For too long, consumers have not been given enough information to be able to fully compare prices, completely understand discounts and make the quick decision to proceed to purchase fuel.”
Individual petrol stations will also have to display the prices per litre of their top two selling fuels by volume, as well as diesel and LPG.
Presently, only regular unleaded prices have to be displayed but Mr Roberts says the changes will reflect the increasing popularity of other fuels, including premium unleaded.
Fuel suppliers have until September 2013 to implement the changes.