The State Government has taken the first step in cutting petrol costs across Queensland, introducing a real-time fuel price monitoring trial.
The two-year trial will come into effect in December.
It will see fuel prices published on existing smartphone apps and websites such as Motormouth, GasBuddy, PetrolSpy and RACQ.
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RACQ’s Rebecca Michael on Qld’s real-time fuel data system set to kick-off in Dec: “Fuel’s a huge expense for Qld families. Drivers will finally have the information they need to make the right choice about where to fill up and can take advantage and support the cheapest servos” pic.twitter.com/ME5tVCEF0z
— RACQ (@RACQOfficial) July 25, 2018
The RACQ’s Head of Public Policy, Rebecca Michael, said it gives motorists a better opportunity to save cash.
“Fuel’s one of the biggest expenses for Queenslanders,”
“It’s a win-win for motorists and also for retailers offering cheaper fuel – motorists will now be able to find the best deals and support competitive service stations.”
The program has been hotly debated since it was introduced to Parliament six months ago.
Queensland’s Energy Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham is confident all retailers will comply with the changes.
“The goal is for Queensland motorists to be able to identify the best deal, and use their buying power to support retailers who are doing the right thing,” he said.
“Retailers will have three months’ grace to get their houses in order and by the Easter holidays, offenders will face fines if they do not report their fuel prices accurately and on time.”
The decision has been half-heartedly welcomed by the State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington who said we shouldn’t forget this program could have been implemented earlier.
“The Government should just get on with it,” she said.
“This was a policy I announced six months ago, it would’ve saved drivers around $6 a week while the Government have been dithering.”