Petrol stations forced to become more transparent

The government is forcing petrol stations to become more transparent over their fuel prices.

Fair trading minister Anthony Roberts has met suppliers and supermarket owners to discuss new rules that will prevent major stores from displaying misleading advertisements, the Daily Telegraph reports.

From September 1st, filling stations will be banned from showing supermarket discount prices and must highlight all rates – not just the cheapest.

Mr Roberts said this would allow drivers to make more informed decisions on where they purchase their petrol from.

Many motorists have been forced to scale back the number of car journeys they make because the overall cost of vehicle ownership is so high.

Fuel prices are excessive and people also have to fork out for car insurance and repairs.

However, Woolworths national petrol manager James Aylen told the news provider that the new rules are "disappointing" and the changes could prove costly.

"This unilateral decision by the NSW government will be expensive to implement and it is likely we will have to recover costs from our customers," he was quoted as saying.

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