Amazing News For RACQ Members At The Petrol Bowser
Queensland's peak motoring body has entered the fuel price market, offering members a discount on fuel at independent service stations.
RACQ's more than 1.6 million members will now receive a four-cent discount from independent operators Puma, Matilda and Choice petrol stations.
RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the move was a first in the club's 117-year history, but fits well with its efforts to reduce the cost of fuel for motorists.
"We've spent decades campaigning for cheaper fuel prices in Queensland and this is another step in our journey to drive down those prices across the state," he said in a statement on Friday.
"The fact is Queensland's fuel market is dominated by the majors and the supermarket chains, and we need more competition from the smaller chains and independents to drive down prices."
Mr Turner insisted the discount arrangement didn't compromise RACQ's independence, promising the club would continue to advocate for lower prices for motorists regardless of who they had commercial partnerships with.
It follows its successful lobbying of the state government for fuel signage legislation requiring fuel outlets to only show its base price, not the discounted price, which RACQ said was misleading to motorists.
Those changes are due to come into force from January 31.
When the measure was announced in February, Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it would improve transparency at the bowser.
"Under our proposed reforms, fuel retailers will still be able to offer and promote discount fuel price schemes, just as long as the full prices available to all motorists are displayed," he said at the time.