Trevor Veale

RACQ wants cheaper registration, to end fuel price rorts

QUEENSLANDERS are coughing up more to own their car than any other state, according to RACQ, which is now demanding change from Labor and the LNP.

The motoring group has released its "policy manifesto", which called on the next Queensland Government - whoever wins - to bring down the cost of registering the family car.

It is also pushing for the government to crack down on service stations that show a discounted cost of fuel instead of the real price, claiming it undermines industry competition.

The LNP froze registration fees when it took power in 2012, but RACQ executive manager Paul Turner said that the cost was still too high.

"The freeze saved motorists up to $44.40 over the last three years, but we still pay more than motorists in every other state," he said.

"How is it fair that Queenslanders pay $50 more a year to register the same four-cylinder car than Victorians? Or $200 a year more to register a medium car?"

RACQ wants both LNP and Labor to promise a three-year extension to the registration freeze, or to simply bring down the cost.

On service station pricing, RACQ has labelled the tactic of outlets showing off their discount fuel price as "misleading and fraudulent".

"Current fuel price signs outside fuel stations are, more often than not, a rort and cost motorists hundreds of dollars a year," Mr Turner said.

"Most petrol station signs show a highlighted discount price which is not available to many motorists. How can we have genuine competition in the fuel market if the prices on the signs are dependent on having the right voucher or making in-store purchases?"

Mr Turner said other states have address the signage issue and Queensland must follow suit.


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