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Trevor Collett | Nov, 25 2013 | 8 Comments

Victoria could be the next state to ban the display of discounted fuel prices on road-side price boards, and to display actual prices for all fuel products on sale, if a push by the RACV is successful.

The state’s peak motoring group has asked members to provide feedback on service station experiences and pricing concerns.

The survey was prompted by news from the Victorian state government that it is considering changes to the legislation governing service station price boards.

Such changes would bring Victoria into line with states that have already banned the display of discounted fuel prices, such as New South Wales and South Australia.

Changes in NSW came into force at the beginning of September, which also require service stations to display a minimum of four prices if four or more fuel products are sold.

South Australia’s new laws only require discounted prices to be removed from price boards, with no minimum standard on the number of fuel products displayed.

RACV’s Michael Case said the group was seeking more evidence from motorists before lobbying for changes to price board legislation.

“With the rise of discount fuel vouchers, we are seeing many different fuel price boards at the front of service stations,” Mr Case said.

“We are becoming increasingly aware of cases where other fuel types, such as premium unleaded, diesel and LPG disappear from fuel price boards, making it difficult for drivers to assess the price they will be paying until after they pull in.”

Other states are also expected to introduce changes, as fair trading representatives from around the country have been negotiating a national standard on fuel price boards in varying stages since mid-2012.

Last week, Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, called for a temporary halt to ‘shopper docket’ fuel discount schemes while the Australian Competition And Consumer Commission (ACCC) completed an investigation into the industry.

To view the RACV survey, click here. (Link opens in new window.)

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