Petrol stations in the ACT will need to clearly display the actual price of fuel under legislation introduced into the Legislative Assembly.
The bill has been put forward by Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury and will ensure that the actual price of fuel, not the discounted price, features on display boards.
The prices of the two most popular fuels at the service station, and the prices of diesel and LPG will need to be shown.
Mr Rattenbury says too often the real price not clear.
"Service stations advertise fuel at a particular price on the large boards out the front but in fact when you get to the bowser a different, higher price is being charged," he said.
"It's something I'm sure we've all noticed at some point in time, the discrepancy between what we expected to pay to the actual price at the bowser."
Attorney-General Simon Corbell says the Government will wait for agreement on a national law before considering local proposals.
He says the matter is already being considered as part of a national reform to the Australian consumer law.
"Any law is preferable if it is consistent in its approach so that it can be adopted uniformly and nationally, that way we don't end up in a situation where perhaps we legislate for certain requirements that are inconsistent with a national law and then we have to come back and amend our own law," he said.
Similar reforms were recently passed in New South Wales and will come into effect in September.