Real-time fuel app to launch in South Australia early in 2021 after ‘disappointing’ delay
By Sourced Externally
December 25, 2020
South Australian motorists are closer to having real-time fuel pricing information from every retailer, nearly three years after it was flagged at the state election.
The State Government has announced its winning bidder to supply motorists with the aggregated data, which, due to legislation passed earlier this year, will have to be provided by all retail fuel outlets within 30 minutes of any change to their prices.
Attorney-General Vickie Chapman told ABC Radio Adelaide that retailers could be fined $10,000 if they did not comply.
“There are a number of apps already out there available that do provide a service, but they don’t include everyone,” she said.
“But with this extra component covered by legislation, it will be mandatory to do that report within the timeframe required.”
Informed Sources, which is behind the app MotorMouth and a petrol price monitoring trial in Queensland, is expected to make the SA app available to motorists by the end of March.
Its pledge was conditionally backed by former senator and MLC Nick Xenophon and SA Best, while the Liberal Party — which ultimately won government — flagged that it was amenable to a similar scheme.
Shadow attorney-general Kyam Maher said South Australians would be “deeply disappointed we’re going through another holiday season without the app”.
“To see it taking three years is just unfathomable,” he said.
“The RAA reckons this will save [motorists] about $70 million just in Adelaide alone, let alone the rest of SA, so the inaction and delay has costs hundreds of millions of dollars in extra costs to motorists around SA.”
He said Queensland has had its own trial up and running for two years and was now legislating to make its “fuel app permanent”.
“We’ve really missed the boat,” Mr Maher said.
“Other states have gone forward and we’re playing catch-up.”