Petrol stations banned from advertising ‘misleading’ discounted fuel prices

Lachlan Roberts 26 August 2019 14
Petrol price board

Petrol price board showing the discounted unleaded petrol price in November last year. Photo: Ian Bushnell.

Petrol stations across the ACT have been banned from advertising discounted prices on their price boards under new laws to protect motorists from being misled at the pump.

Starting from Monday (26 August), petrol stations are no longer allowed to advertise discounted prices on their price boards, including prices that require a discount voucher or an in-store purchase. Schemes, such as save four cents off per litre, can still be advertised but the price displayed must be the full price available to all motorists.

The recent amendments to the Fair Trading (Fuel Prices) Act 1993, which were introduced to the Legislative Assembly last November, means stations could face penalties of up to $16,200 if they do not comply with the new laws.

ACT Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury said the laws will ensure motorists will pay the fuel price they see when filling up.

“These changes will ensure Canberrans aren’t lured into service stations by discounted prices that require a shopper docket, in-store purchase or membership of a loyalty rewards program,” Mr Rattenbury said.

Save four cents off per litre schemes can still be advertised, but the price displayed must be the full price available to all motorists. Photo: Lachlan Roberts.

“Service station retailers will need to ensure that from today their fuel price boards are kept up-to-date so that they never display a price less than the price at the pump.”

To ensure stations adhere to the new fuel price board requirements and increase consumer confidence, Access Canberra will undertake proactive checks at service stations across the ACT.

If Canberrans notice any discrepancies between an advertised price on a fuel board and the price at the pump, they can report it to Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Mr Rattenbury also encouraged Canberrans to research petrol prices with online tools such as Motor Mouth and Petrol Spy before filling up.

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14 Responses to Petrol stations banned from advertising ‘misleading’ discounted fuel prices
Dennis Forbes Dennis Forbes 8:05 am 01 Sep 19

Get over it is the states

And if you don’t realise Costco is cheaper and need a reminder seriously

Bob Brewer Bob Brewer 11:18 am 30 Aug 19

What a ridiculous load of nonsense.

Barr, once again, dumbing down our society.

BlowMeDown BlowMeDown 6:57 pm 29 Aug 19

Why not just make it law that the advertised price is the most anyone has to pay?

Jenny Peterson Jenny Peterson 7:34 pm 28 Aug 19

About time!

Shaun Michael Smith Shaun Michael Smith 12:42 pm 28 Aug 19

Yeah that’s going to stop us getting screwed at the bowser. Maybe if you dropped the prices to a fair price you’ll actually be helping. Why does the ACT government like to tax the hell out of everything? This place is a joke now and becoming unaffordable to live in.

Mark Calvert Mark Calvert 8:08 pm 27 Aug 19

Useless, wont change a thing

Rob Brown Rob Brown 7:23 pm 27 Aug 19

WOW who would have thought servos and fuel companies are RIPPING us off 🙄

Jackson Bond Jackson Bond 11:52 pm 26 Aug 19

If you are too stupid to read a sign, then you are really to stupid to have a driver's licence.

David Brown David Brown 4:28 pm 26 Aug 19

Great but when are they going to actually do something to lower prices in the ACT?

Steven Campbell Steven Campbell 1:55 pm 26 Aug 19

Sure not allowed to advertise but perfectly fine price gouging every person in ACT. 👌

    Nathan Lofthouse Nathan Lofthouse 2:39 pm 26 Aug 19

    Now it's we wont give you a preconceived notion you're not getting ripped off.

Tim Baker Tim Baker 12:42 pm 26 Aug 19

Now they just need to stop charging 10 cents per litre more than across the border.

Shane Jasprizza Shane Jasprizza 12:25 pm 26 Aug 19

Good. About time.

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