The Road Ahead : February March 2009
Price STORY BARRY GREEN PHOTOS JIM McEWAN hen shopping around for the cheapest unleaded petrol, the (advertised) price is right – or is it? That depends. Chances are the lowest price invariably displayed the most prominently on service station forecourts is not that of unleaded, the most commonly used fuel. More often than not, it is the discounted price applicable only to shopping docket promotions or the E10 blend (unleaded with 10 percent ethanol). W RACQ vehicle technologies executive manager Steve Spalding said this practice made it diffi cult to compare “like with like”. rights Do you know the advertised price of the fuel you need? GO WILD IN STYLE WITH AUSTRALIA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL ADVENTURERS! “It’s more a case of service stations looking to promote pricing in the most favourable way than helping the motorist make an informed decision,” Mr Spalding said. it ti l ki t ti i “It’s important that people understand that E10, while being a few cents cheaper, won’t give the same consumption as unleaded. Also, it is not suitable for every engine.” A spokesperson for the Offi ce of Fair Trading said there was nothing preventing a service station displaying the discounted price more prominently. “However, it would be concerning if a service station displayed the discounted price only, with no qualifi cation or way for motorists to know that it was discounted until they went to pay,” the spokesperson said. Fair Trading recommends consumers check that the price on the pump matches the price on the display board before fi lling up. If not, they should ask the manager for an explanation. If the explanation is not satisfactory, consumers should keep a record and report the matter to Fair Trading (call 13 1304). North Star Cruises Australia offers adventure-cruises all around the Australian coastline and, in the stunning waters of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Sea. Our guests consistently respond with “that’s the best holiday I have ever had!” All cruises are activity based and feature the True North’s unequalled style, the finest in fine dining and an Australian crew. Multiple expedition boats (not zodiacs) encounter wilderness in small groups and to add yet another dimension to adventure, the True North sails with her very own air-conditioned helicopter! The Kimberley Wilderness Season commences in March - a wild and beautiful panorama of rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls. Unexplained rock-art, extraordinary wildlife and monster barramundi! North Star Cruises Australia RACQTravel 1300 888 449 or 07 3832 7000. racq.com.au Book Now to receive an RACQ members only offer - a$250 onboard credit! Conditions Apply.
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