NRMA keeps up petrol pressure
ONE in two motorists have been caught out by misleading fuel price boards in the last year, according to a new survey by NRMA Motoring and Services.
The survey of more than 800 people across NSW and the ACT found 54% drove into a service station expecting a certain price only to discover it was more expensive.
More than 30% claim this happened at least three times in the last year.
The NRMA conducted the survey as the NSW and Australian Governments have begun taking steps to force oil companies to advertise all prices of the fuel they are selling on their price boards.
Proposed changes would also force Coles and Woolworths aligned service stations to advertise their actual fuel price and not just the discounted shopper-docket price.
The NRMA survey also found broad support (95%) for the NSW Government's proposal to make it mandatory for service stations to advertise all fuels on their price boards.
Nine-in-10 people stated the changes would give them more information to help make the right choice about where to fill up.
NRMA Motoring & Services President Wendy Machin said the motoring body strongly supported both the NSW and Australian Governments moves to give them more information before they pulled up at the bowser.
"This issue is about putting some power back into the hands of North Coast motorists and is why the NRMA has been campaigning so hard to see these changes introduced," Ms Machin said.
"With prices in some areas of the North Coast recently reaching around $1.50 on average for no good reason, this legislation could help to increase competition in the market by having all fuels on display for all to see.
"The fact that two-thirds told us they currently don't get enough information they need to make an educated choice is of great concern.
"Worse yet half of those who arrive at the bowser begrudgingly fill up and end up paying more than they thought they would - it's these people the legislation will help."
More than half (57%) of people surveyed also believed the new rules would encourage more competition between oil companies as it would force them to advertise all fuels and include the non-discounted price.
"It's time we brought back more competition to the fuel market on the North Coast," she said.