Fuel retailers in tourism hotspots are being targeted in the lead-up to Easter to ensure they report their prices accurately, to help SA drivers find the cheapest fuel when heading away.
Fuel price checking apps such as myRAA rely on outlets reporting their prices to a central database within 30 minutes.
Since the Fuel Price Transparency scheme launched in early 2021, more than 200 outlets have been issued warnings and 18 servos fined for failing to report their prices accurately.
RAA’s Charles Mountain said the State Government crackdown was timely as South Aussies looked to head away for Easter.
“A lot of people will be heading away for the long weekend, so the cost of fuel and being able to find the cheapest place to fill up will be important,” Charles said.
“This blitz should identify and rectify any issues with fuel retailers not reporting their prices in a timely manner, so drivers can use price checking apps and be confident of the information.”
Since the real-time fuel pricing legislation was introduced in March 2021, more than 6.5 million fuel checks have been done via the myRAA app, saving motorists an estimated $45 million.
Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs Andrea Michaels said the crackdown would help South Aussies struggling with cost-of-living pressures.
“The Government will be cracking down to prevent fuel gouging in the run up to the Easter Long Weekend when many people go on road trips to popular tourism spots.
“We are ensuring fuel retailers are doing the right thing by consumers so people can travel with the peace of mind that they’re not paying more than they should for fuel these Easter holidays.”
Mr Mountain said unleaded prices were starting to fall across Adelaide, and encouraged drivers to check for the cheapest price in their area before filling up.
To download myRAA and find the cheapest fuel visit raa.com.au/fuel.