Emily Bennett

A push for more independent petrol service stations is on the political agenda.

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor visited Petersen’s Garage in Bundanoon recently and stressed the importance of greater competition in the Southern Highlands market.

“We need to drive competition by expanding the market,” he said.

“I think the work the council is doing, in finding these sites or at least giving DAs for these sites, is very important,

“I’m pleased to see that there are new independents coming in but we have to make sure that they’ve got good locations.”

Mr Taylor also said he was lobbying for an independent review of the Southern Highlands by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

“They are doing regular reviews of regional areas and there will be future reviews,” he said.

“We have been in contact with them and asked for a review.”

In reference to the recently updated MotorMouth mobile phone app, Mr Taylor said greater transparency was positive news.

“We want to see more service stations get on board with MotorMouth” Mr Taylor said.

MotorMouth updated its mobile app last month which provides motorists with access to near real-time prices.

These changes were a result of the settlement between the ACCC and data provide Informed Sources to resolve ACCC proceedings on petrol price information sharing.

Visit www.motormouth.com.au for more information on the MotorMouth app.

Extracted in full from Southern Highland News.