Queensland fuel outlets will be required to meet the state government’s new ethanol mandate from Sunday, as part of a raft of legislative changes taking effect in the new year.

Large fuel retailers will be required by state law from January 1 to ensure three per cent of their petrol sales each quarter are biofuel-based.

Chris Kable from petrol price monitors Fueltrac said a similar but slightly larger mandate in NSW led to retailers removing standard unleaded, forcing motorists to buy more expensive unleaded if they didn’t want to fill up with E10.

“What will happen with the smaller retailers is if they don’t have enough tank capacity to put unleaded in, they will probably remove standard unleaded and have just E10 and the more expensive premium unleaded,” Mr Kable said.

“That’s a problem for those who can least afford it – people with older cars which are sometimes not compatible with E10.”

However, RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said the mandate shouldn’t affect competition across the state or fuel choices at the bowser.

“There’s been some concern retailers will opt to remove unleaded petrol altogether to reach the E10 sales quota, as was the case in NSW, but we are assured the lower mandate in Queensland will prevent this from occurring,” she said.

The fuel changes are just one of a number of legislative changes coming into effect from January 1.

Every Queensland home will be fitted with interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms under a decade-long rollout recommended by a coroner after Australia’s worst fatal house fire that claimed 11 lives at Slacks Creek, south of Brisbane, in August 2011.

Electricity rebates saving 157,000 more households about $330 a year come into effect, along with increased protection for coal miners against black lung disease and prep being made compulsory across the state.

Acting Premier Jackie Trad says the changes will have positive outcomes for all those affected.

“As 2017 approaches I can assure Queenslanders the Palaszczuk government is doing its best to look after the most needy, but also keep growing our economy,” she said.

Extracted from Sydney Morning Herald.