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Trevor Collett | Apr, 25 2014 | 4 Comments

The NRMA has declared new fuel price board laws in New South Wales a success, following a survey of almost 3000 motorists.

The new laws came into effect in September last year, meaning service stations could no longer advertise ‘discounted’ prices for fuel products, and sites selling LPG and diesel were required to advertise those prices.

Seven months after the laws were introduced, the NRMA’s survey found 53 percent of participants said they were better informed when deciding where to purchase fuel.

In February, the Australian Competition And Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced it would pursue Federal Court action over supermarket giants, Woolworths and Coles, declaring the pair had dishonoured an agreement over 'shopper-docket' fuel discounts.

The NRMA survey found 60 percent of respondents supported the idea of the ACCC “using legislation to enforce the undertaking”.

"Working alongside the NRMA, former NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts stared down the oil companies, which is never an easy thing to do, and introduced new standards that would leave motorists better off - and for that he deserves credit," NRMA President Wendy Machin said.

"The real benefit of the new legislation is that Coles and Woolworths aligned service stations (Shell and Caltex respectively) can no longer mislead motorists by putting their discounted price on their boards and the actual price on the bowser.”

The survey found 36 percent of respondents believed independent service stations offered the cheapest fuel, followed by Caltex/Woolworths (25 percent) and Shell/Coles (15 percent).

However, 19 percent were under the impression that all service stations charged the same price.

"We are concerned that so many motorists are not aware of the massive price discrepancy that exists across NSW. In fact, it is not uncommon for the difference between the cheapest and most expensive prices in Sydney to be up to 30 cents a litre,” Ms Machin said.

The survey of 2824 NRMA NSW and ACT Members was conducted in the first quarter of 2014, encompassing an almost even split of respondents from metropolitan and regional areas.

Victoria has also expressed interest in adopting similar fuel price board laws.

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