NRMA: False petrol price cycle another Sydney rip off



The NRMA has today slammed the major oil companies for forcing a false petrol price cycle on families, with prices falling five cents less than expected.

Average prices in Sydney are currently $1.29 cents per litre. They were expected to drop to $1.16 cents per litre last week but fell five cents short before spiking again to the current average price of $1.29.

In effect, prices in Sydney have missed the low-point of the cycle, robbing families of the chance to save at the bowser and further boosting the bottom line for oil companies who are failing to pass on falling wholesale fuel prices.

NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury said prices were higher than they should and never fell as low as they should resulting in a hit to the hip pocket of Sydneysiders.

“We saw this behaviour at Christmas when the low-point of the cycle never happened and yet again, it was the major oil companies leading the false spike,” Mr Khoury said.
“We knew weeks ago prices should have been around $1.16 cents per litre at this stage of the petrol cycle.”

Following the petrol reforms in NSW and the launch of the NRMA App, which provides real-time prices for every service station in NSW, analysis of price movements and trends is now more comprehensive than ever before.

While average prices remain uncharacteristically high, the NRMA Fuel App has identified a number of Metro and Independent service stations that have yet again bucked the trend by selling regular unleaded from as little as $1.09 cents per litre – 20 cent below the average.

“Finding those service stations has never been easier now that we have the real-time price of every service station in NSW on the NRMA app. Fill up at these independent service stations because anyone over-charging clearly doesn’t deserve your business.”
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Meet a few of the mothers that help NRMA Members every day

NRMA mothers helping MembersBeing an apprentice mechanic is hard work. Being a single mother is hard work. Combining the two is mind-boggling – but that’s what Monica does. And with four children at the age of 34, we can only applaud her commitment.

“I knew that my age was working against me and I knew that being a woman was going to work against me, but if you want to do something you keep trying until you get what you want”, she said.

“I’m a proud mum and even prouder that I’m working for the NRMA and showing my kids that you can be whatever you want – you just have to have a go.”

That’s the lesson she hopes her children will take from her example – and when the NRMA recently visited her children’s primary school to teach the kids about road safety, one of her 9 year old twins hopped up to boast about her mum being an apprentice mechanic for our car servicing business.

Monica NRMA car servcing

Monica is an apprentice mechanic and mother of four children.

It takes a special kind of workplace to make stories like this possible and aside from helping families to keep moving on their journeys, the NRMA has long believed in equality in the workplace and in supporting staff with families wherever possible.

“You only have to look at the female representation on the board and within the leadership team.” says Sam Taranto, Executive General Manager of Motoring at the NRMA and herself a mother of four.

“It’s not just a flexibility for women at work, it’s a flexibility for everybody to do what they have to do to manage their families – and that means people with older parents, people with small children, people with teenage children, grandparents helping look after grandkids … it’s not something we just say, family really matters within this organisation and we see it in practice all the time.”

When asked if being a mother impacts how she manages her team, Taranto said it makes her think deeply about whether the work environment is one she’d want for her own children’s first or second job.

“The obligation for us to make sure that the workplace is one that is a really positive experience for each employee is critical, particularly when we’re bringing in younger, more junior employees for their first or second job – that’s why we’ve got coaching and mentor programs in place to support younger employees,” she said.

Samantha Taranto NRMA

Sam Taranto is an Executive General Manager and mother of four.

For some mums, the NRMA is exactly the kind of place they want their children to work. After herself starting a role in our call centre, mother of three Sandra decided to pass her recently graduated daughter Phoebe’s resume on for consideration. Two years later and they’re both still working at the NRMA.

Sandra sees her team as somewhat of a second family, often working after hours to decorate her team area in different themes to help maintain staff morale.

“It’s not always about what you get out of it, it’s about making the whole work environment enjoyable, and whatever you give you’ll get back tenfold – that’s how I live my life and how I expect my kids to be as well,” she said.

Mother of two Belinda started working with the NRMA in Tumut back in 1998 when her father ran the local agency, which she now runs with her husband and their employees – including two other mothers.

“It’s a great company to work for and I think the fact that we do generally want to help people, I just like the idea of being able to help people and assist when they need it,” she said.

But Belinda’s association with the NRMA started long before being an employee.

“With my first car, I wasn’t allowed to drive out the driveway unless I had NRMA roadside available,” she said.

“It’s just something that was instilled into me as a young driver, and a lot of our Members now are bringing their kids in and making sure that they’re also covered when they’re out there on the road.”

If you head to the NRMA agency in Grenfell in the Central West of New South Wales, you might meet mother of three and grandmother to seven Val.

Not only does she help Members when they’re renewing or upgrading, she’s also there to help her husband Pete – the local NRMA patrol – and his occasionally stranded passengers.

One of Val’s stories took place a few years back on a long weekend: the local caravan park and motel were full, and Pete got called to a job at 2am.

A couple of hours later he woke Val asking if the spare beds were made up, because there were a young couple with two small kids that needed a place to stay until they could get their car repaired next day.

“If it involves old people or young kids, it’s just something you do because, you know, if you were stuck out there and you had little kids, you’d want someone to help you. That’s the attitude you get because you’re a mother,” she said.

“But I feel the same way if it’s oldies too, because my mum’s still alive, she’s 93, and I’d like to think if she’s stuck on the road, I would want someone to help her.”

This Mother’s Day, we take our hats off to all the mothers in our community and we hope everyone finds time to check in with family. Oh, and that goes especially for Val’s three kids, because according to her, “They’d be in big trouble if they don’t!”

Spoil Mum with an Event Cinema Mother’s Day package

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1-in-3 confess to a long weekend sickie: NRMA Travel survey


Almost a third (31%) of people confessed to having chucked a sickie (or planned to do so) to extend a long weekend, and Easter was the second most likely holiday to do so, according to a survey conducted by NRMA Travel.

Gen Y were most likely to chuck a sickie (48 per cent said they’d done it or planned to), and was significantly more likely to go on a short trip at least once a year (72%). The survey revealed more than half (55%) planned to head away on an Easter weekend trip, with a beach getaway the most likely destination (34%).

The NRMA Travel survey, while not designed to encourage sickies, has been launched to raise the profile of the appeal of domestic tourism in Australia and people’s travel habits.

NRMA is one of Australia’s largest domestic tourism operators, owning holiday parks across Australia, including Treasure Island Holiday Park which was ranked Best Australian Hotel for Families by Trip Advisor for 2017, as well as Travelodge Hotels, the Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra, as well as Thrifty Car Rental.

NRMA Executive General Manager, Travel and Touring, Paul Davies said while the organisation didn’t promote people taking ‘sickies’, it did encourage people to take advantage of the long weekend or school holidays to explore some of the incredible destinations in our own backyard.

“This research indicates that domestic trips are so appealing people are willing to go to all sorts of lengths to get out and about,” Mr Davies said.

“Long weekend trips are great fun but we know that people don’t need to take sickies to enjoy them – Aussies have 134 million annual leave days stockpiled so we encourage people to do the right thing and use that annual leave to enjoy time away with family and friends in Australia.

“We know that driving holidays are gaining popularity, and the survey results proved just that with two in three telling us they preferred to travel by car for a long weekend getaway, and at least once a year,” Mr Davies said.

“NRMA’s strategy is to promote and invest in domestic tourism, which is one of the reasons we have reached an agreement to acquire Australian Tourist Park Management (ATPM).

“We have some of the world’s best holiday destinations in Australia; visiting them supports local tourism and local economies and one of the best ways to do that is by jumping in the car to discover those destinations for yourself.”

The survey also found:

  • When going on a driving holiday, alarmingly, only 38 per cent of women thought they were the better driver than their partner, while 84 per cent of men thought they were a better driver than their partner
  • The key reason to go on a long weekend trip (50%) was to spend quality time with friends or family
  • Seventy-seven per cent plan to keep kids subdued while travelling with technology (tablets, DVDs, talking books)

If you’re thinking about a getaway this Easter, make sure you download the my nrma app so you can plan the best place to by fuel and check out NRMA Holiday Parks for a beautiful family destination of your choice.

- Think twice this Easter break  - double demerits will be in force

NRMA wants to find Sydney’s worst pothole


POT SPOT: The NRMA wants to find Sydney’s worst pothole and we need your help.

Sydney has been through some weather. March was the wettest on record and the rain doesn’t seem to be passing any time soon.

All this water isn’t doing great things to our roads. As if Sydney’s congestion wasn’t bad enough, the wet is slowing everything down even more. Crucially, as the rains continue to fall small cracks in the road become potholes. The longer it rains, the harder it is for Councils to get their staff out to fix them – and the bigger the potholes get.

Sydney is also going through a once-in-a-generation transport infrastructure boom. While this is great for Sydney in the long-term, it does mean more trucks – and more trucks means bigger potholes.

So the NRMA wants to find Sydney’s worst pothole and we need your help. If you’ve got a shocker of a pothole in your neighbourhood or if you’ve driven over one recently please let us know. We want to know the street (and nearest cross-street) and suburb. And if it’s safe to do so, send us a photo (but only if it’s safe). You can email, message us on Facebook or leave a comment below. Thanks!

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What kind of car insurance do I need?


It’s essential that you understand exactly what your car insurance does and doesn’t cover you for.

What different types of car insurance cover you for (and what they don’t).

Car insurance can be confusing. Knowing what you must have and what would be good to have can take some time and effort to work out.

So here’s a quick look at the options.

1. Must have car insurance

Your ‘Green Slip’, otherwise known as Compulsory Third Party Insurance (CTP), is a type of insurance you are required by law to have in all Australian states in order to register your vehicle.

In most states it’s included in your registration, however in NSW, drivers are required to have a policy in place before registering their vehicle.

Because CTP Green Slip is a compulsory type of insurance, people are often unsure about exactly what it is that they are covered for under their policy.

So what is covered by CTP?

CTP Green Slip exists to compensate people who are injured or killed if your vehicle is involved in an accident. Effectively, this means that if you (or someone driving your vehicle) have an accident where someone is hurt, your CTP Green Slip protects you from being financially liable in any lawsuits or compensation claims that might arise.

What isn’t covered?

Regardless of which state your CTP Green Slip policy is held in, it will never cover damage to your own vehicle or any other vehicle or property.

You’re still liable for financial damages if you don’t have additional car insurance, which is why it’s so important to carefully consider your insurance needs before getting behind the wheel.

2. Additional insurance options

There are several different types of insurance options available depending on your individual needs, however the three most popular types of vehicle insurance policies are:

  • Comprehensive Insurance
  • Third Party Insurance (not to be confused with Compulsory Third Party Insurance) and;
  • Third Party, Fire and Theft Insurance.

Third Party Insurance covers you for damage done to another person’s vehicle or property where you are at fault, but it doesn’t cover your own car.

This means that any damage to your car is not covered by Third Party insurance.

Third Party, Fire and Theft Insurance is the same, with additional protection against damage sustained by your vehicle as the result of a fire or theft.

Comprehensive Car Insurance is a much higher level of cover (and for this reason the most popular).

Not only are Comprehensive Insurance policy holders covered against damage to other people’s vehicles or property, they also enjoy full protection of their own vehicles, regardless of who’s at fault in the event of an accident.

It offers policy holders the additional benefit of having an agreed market value paid out on their vehicle should it be deemed a ‘write off’, and in many cases includes options for hire vehicles to be arranged while their vehicle is being repaired.

The importance of knowing what you’re covered for

While you’re required by law to hold a CTP Green Slip policy before registering your vehicle, it’s essential that you understand exactly what your car insurance does and doesn’t cover you for.

To ensure your vehicle and financial security are protected to the level you want, speak with your insurance provider about the best policy for your situation and read the details of your policy to make sure it matches your expectations.

Read more articles on protecting things you love at The Hub.

This article was contributed by NRMA Insurance, which is part of the Insurance Australia Group. The NRMA (National Roads and Motorists’ Association Limited) is a separate and independent company from NRMA Insurance.