Drivers have been warned about getting ripped off at the petrol bowser, with 11 fuel outlets fined for price gouging.

Most of the breaches involved discrepancies between prices charged to motorists at the bowser and the those reported to FuelWatch or the prices displayed on the signboard at the petrol station.

Consumer Protection has received 73 complaints from motorists in relation to petrol pricing issues since January last year.

The on the spot fines were issued to outlets in the Perth metropolitan area as well as in Albany, Karratha, Derby, Ravensthorpe and Coolgardie for breaching the Petroleum Products Pricing Act.

The watchdog has issued $14,000 worth of infringements over breaches of the FuelWatch laws in the same period.

Signboards must also be accurate so as to not mislead motorists who may find a different price when filling up at the bowser.

“Prices that the outlets report to FuelWatch must match those being charged at the bowser and the daily change must happen at 6am, not a few hours earlier or later,” she said.

“Signboards must also be accurate so as to not mislead motorists who may find a different price when filling up at the bowser.

“Apart from regular random checks that are carried out by Consumer Protection, we also get reports from motorists who have noticed the prices on the FuelWatch website or on the signboard are not the same as the prices being charged at the bowser.

“We encourage consumers to report these discrepancies and provide us with receipts as well as photos of the bowser price and signboard if relevant.

“This will help us gather evidence to support issuing an infringement notice.”

Extracted in full from: Watchdog cautions motorists about fuel-price gouging | PerthNow