The ACT Government says it will consider forcing petrol stations to adopt a uniform approach to displaying prices on fuel price boards.

State and territory ministers are currently considering a national approach to price boards after consistent complaints from the motorists about how prices are displayed.

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell says discounted prices are often prominently displayed but it is difficult for shoppers to know what the undiscounted price is, or the price of other fuels like diesel.

"There is a need for a consistent approach," he said.

"So that consumers can make a like for like comparison and aren't potentially trapped or lured into a petrol station because they expect a particular price when that's only a discount price available in certain circumstances such as if you have a shopper docket.

"Perhaps that's something the industry is prepared to do itself, if it's not I would certainly be giving further consideration to a mandatory arrangement where there's a consistent approach across all service station operators."

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