Cap on fuel savings dockets

IF YOU'RE an avid user of shopper dockets to get fuel discounts, your savings are about to be restricted.

Under pressure from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which has been monitoring discounting of fuel by up to 12c a litre, the biggest players, Coles and Woolworths, soon will be able to offer only a maximum of 4c per litre discount.

Are you upset by the 4c/litre limit on fuel shopper dockets?

This poll ended on 08 December 2014.

Current Results

You bet. I can hardly afford to put petrol in my car any more.

52%

Not so much. I only use them when I think of it.

5%

Not an issue. You only save couple of bucks.

12%

I hate them. They’re killing small business.

29%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The ACCC concluded the massive discounts by the retail giants were impeding the ability of smaller independent operators to compete fairly in the fuel market.

The company that owns the leading independent fuel retailers has lauded the ACCC's decision.

"Puma, which owns Neumann Petroleum and Matilda, is Australia's largest independent group of fuel retailers and it's really important to us to see more competition come to the Australian market," Margaret Lawson, of Puma, said.

"Anything that's going to promote a level playing field for Australian consumers is a really good thing."

The issue didn't seem to strike too big a chord with petrol buyers in Maroochydore yesterday.

"I just don't bother with them (discount dockets) because you only save a few cents," Shannon White, of Mooloolaba, said.

"I know it all adds up over time, but there's the hassle of keeping the dockets, and when you finally go to use them, they're expired."

Another motorist, who declined to be named, said she did not use the dockets, preferring to spend her money with smaller operators.

"I'm just sick of these big companies taking over. They have the monopoly on everything. They've got insurance now as well," she said.

"I'd rather support the smaller locals like IGA."

Nicholas O'Neill, of Tewantin, supported the changes, which start January 1.

"Now that they've made the changes, it makes it fairer," he said.


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