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Fuel price board continuity to benefit motorists

Tasmanian motorists are set to benefit from a move to ensure continuity in the way fuel prices are displayed around the state.

The State Government has announced it will work with the TCCI and RACT on a Code of Practice to ensure only undiscounted petrol prices are displayed on petrol price boards. This will mean the price displayed on the fuel board is before any promotional discounts are applied, making it easier for motorists to compare like-with-like on petrol pricing.

RACT has lobbied the State Government on this issue for several years, and has welcomed the commitment to making it happen.

"Inconsistent fuel price boards at petrol stations across the state make it difficult for motorists to accurately compare prices, or even know what they will pay for their fuel," RACT Group Chief Executive Harvey Lennon said.

"We wrote to the government about the issue in 2014, and have been in formal discussions since last year seeking a review of the legislation.

"We are extremely pleased to see a proactive response to the issue and we strongly support the action the government is taking to ensure only undiscounted petrol prices are displayed on petrol price boards.

"The RACT will work closely with the government to ensure the final outcome provides the sort of transparency Tasmanian motorists need when buying fuel."

The Code of Practice will bring the state into line with New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Queensland has also announced its intention to take action.