Hop on an app and hunt for a bargain this Easter

Motorists are reaping the rewards of increased fuel price transparency, with the Marshall Liberal Government’s Fuel Pricing Information Scheme now in full swing.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said South Australians are being encouraged to hunt around for the cheapest prices this long weekend.

“If you’re heading off to one of South Australia’s fantastic tourist destinations this Easter, make sure you download an app and find the cheapest and closest fuel,” Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said.

“I’m pleased to see South Australians are reaping the benefits of our Scheme, with the latest figures showing the RAA’s real-time fuel app has been used more than 145,000 times since it launched,” she said.

Under the Scheme, all fuel retailers must submit their petrol prices to an aggregator, and update the information within 30 minutes of any price change.

“My department is monitoring this closely, to ensure all retailers are doing the right thing,” Ms Chapman said.

“To date, Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has sent four warning letters to fuel retailers who had failed to register,” she said.

“Two of those retailers quickly remedied this, while the remaining two are now the subject of enforcement action.

“A further seven notice letters have been sent to retailers who are believed to have failed to update their fuel prices in time, or not at all.

“CBS is now monitoring these retailers closely to ensure they are complying with the Scheme at all times,” she said.

In the first week of the Scheme’s operation, CBS received 41 complaints from members of the public and did proactive checks of more than 45 petrol stations, both in suburban and regional areas.

Service stations that fail to comply with the Scheme could face penalties ranging from a $550 expiation fee to a maximum penalty of $10,000.