A shout-out has gone to Queensland servos and app developers to get on board the upcoming two-year fuel price reporting trial that’s going to deliver up-to-date prices to motorists.

Energy Minster Dr Anthony Lynham put the dual call out today, encouraging app developers to consider joining the likes of GasBuddy and Motormouth and urging the remaining servos to sign up to the trial that starts next month.

“We’re looking for the brightest and most innovative app developers to help deliver in-your-pocket, real time fuel price technology,” he said.

“Smartphone apps literally put the power in motorists’ hands, allowing them to spend their petrol dollars with retailers who give them a good deal.

“Queensland-owned software company Informed Sources will work with app developers to help them plug into the fit-for-purpose system to collect and distribute the prices.”

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Under the trial, all fuel retailers will have to supply their up-to-date prices via an online portal.

These prices will be made available free to existing fuel price apps and websites such as Motormouth, GasBuddy and the RACQ – and to app developers who register their interest at www.fuelpricesqld.com.au.

Retailers will have to advise of price changes within half-an-hour of them changing at the bowser.

Dr Lynham also gave servos the “hurry up”.

“I’m giving a thumbs up to the 815 retailers who have already started signing up, and a reminder to the rest to get cracking now,” he said.

“Every single fuel retailer in Queensland was sent an online link to sign up at www.fuelpricesqld.com.au two weeks ago and they will receive a reminder email tomorrow, so there should be no excuse for dragging the chain.

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“It will be compulsory once the trial starts early next month.”

The trial complements what you see is what you pay laws that came into effect 31 January this year, which require retailers to display only full prices, rather than conditionally discounted offers, on their fuel price boards.

Extracted from Mirage News