Call to keep fuel retailers to account
It's time to take action on fuel prices. With COVID-19 hurting the whole community and household budgets stretched to the limit, the last thing we need is to be paying more than our fair share for fuel.
Tasmanians are being hit hard at the fuel pump – since 1 March 2020 they have paid a whopping $22,855,537* more than we think they should.
*How did we arrive at that figure?
Federal Government figures show that in 2018/19, Tasmanians used 426 million litres of fuel - that's 11,670 a day.
So, for every 1 cent per litre extra we pay, that's a whopping $4.26 million a year.
After years of campaigning, we were pleased the Tasmanian Government introduced a real-time fuel price reporting website and smart phone app, called FuelCheck Tas, in September 2020.
Real-time fuel price reporting works. It's already the law in New South Wales and when Queensland trialled it, motorists saved $122.8 million in just 12 months.
We will be keeping a close eye on prices in FuelCheck Tas to make sure Tasmanians are not being ripped off at the bowser.