Member for Morwell Russell Northe says that a proposed ban on confusing petrol discount display boards outside petrol stations might avoid confusion for some motorists but in reality it doesn’t address the major concern for local residents and that being high fuel prices.
Mr Northe said under the proposed changes petrol stations will only be able to advertise the full price of fuel to motorists.
“The bans will help to avoid confusion for consumers at the bowser however the price of fuel itself is the biggest issue,” Mr Northe said.
Recently in Parliament Mr Northe called on the Victorian Government to support a thorough investigation into the high fuel prices in Latrobe Valley.
“Local motorists and businesses in the Latrobe Valley are paying much higher fuel prices than communities to the east, west and south,” Mr Northe said.
“Recently Morwell had recorded the highest fuel prices across the state on average.” Mr Northe has once again written to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission requesting an investigation into fuel prices in Latrobe Valley.
“The Victorian Government needs to be cracking down on suppliers who don’t pass the savings on to consumers,” Mr Northe said.
Mr Northe said these changes might help drivers better understand what they’re paying for petrol, but when it comes to actually reducing cost-of-living pressures the Andrews Labor Government had been all talk and no action.
“The Coalition understands that the cost of living – including transport costs – is putting pressure on Gippsland households and businesses as they try to balance their budgets.
“That’s why the Coalition established our Costwatch initiative, so we can hear directly from Victorians about the cost pressures they face as well as ideas on how they can be eased.”
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