THE confusion experienced whenever you pull into a service station and the prices at the bowser don’t match the signage will soon be a thing of the past.
On Sunday the NSW government banned service stations from misleading drivers by giving priority to displays of shopper docket discount prices.
Petrol stations must now display the full cost of petrol on their price boards, and not the price after discounts from shopper dockets and other deals. Any discounts must be displayed separately.
Petrol retailers are also required to display the prices per litre of their top two selling fuels by volume, as well as diesel and LPG. Previously, only regular unleaded prices had to be displayed.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the changes would benefit local motorists because specific localised price information was now compulsory.
“By basing the standard on the volume sold at each particular service station, the government is ensuring that price boards are reflective of the local marketplace,” Mr Marshall said.
“Service stations will also be required to display the octane rating of E10, regular unleaded and premium unleaded petrol at the pump.
“Importantly, these reforms ensure local price transparency, so motorists can compare apples with apples.”
A NSW Fair Trading survey of 1300 people last year found 90 per cent of drivers wanted fuel prices to be free of any special terms and conditions that applied to discounted fuel.
Sixty per cent of drivers believed they had been misled by a fuel price signage at some point.
Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts said motorists wanted truth in fuel pricing.
NRMA president Wendy Machin said the changes were a win for drivers.