Adoption of new fuel price board legislation will be a win for motorists

Melbourne, 20 November – Victorian motorists will be better protected from misleading and confusing fuel price boards if the Victorian State Government adopts new legislation proposed by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). 

Under recommended changes discount fuel prices that are conditional on having a specific ‘docket’ will no longer be tolerated, because government has agreed with the VACC position that the ‘discount’ price is not available to all motorists. 

“VACC’s recommendation to the Andrews Government that it adopt South Australian-type legislation for fuel price boards will deliver big wins for its members and motorists,” VACC Executive Director, Geoff Gwilym, said. 

“The changes VACC requested are seriously being considered and, if implemented, will require all service station operators to display undiscounted prices that are available to every motorist.” 

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Jane Garrett MP, is now embarking on action to improve transparency of fuel prices displayed on price boards erected at service stations across Victoria. 

“VACC believes in a fair marketplace for fuel retailers and transparent trading conditions for motorists so they can make informed decisions about the fuel they are purchasing,” Mr Gwilym, said. 

“The actions by Minister Garrett to make the changes our members and motorists wanted represent a very successful reform campaign by VACC.”

VACC represents 170 independent fuel retailers in Victoria

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VACC Executive Director, Geoff Gwilym, says new price boards will make it easier for motorists to know how much they will pay at the petrol pump