Melbourne, NSW residents face up to $6.5K penalty for not buying gas

Residents in Melbourne and the State’s south west face a $6,500 penalty for non-payment of a gas charge on the NSW gas market.

The State Government is also looking into charging drivers for a single use of a meter, with the option to increase the charge to $20 per day.

Gas price increases across the State are currently capped at about $0.12 per litre, with most of the increase taking place in the Melbourne and Sydney areas.

An estimated 6,600 residents have already been fined in the State.

A gas charge is charged when you fill up your car with petrol.

On average, people are charged $20 a day, with those who do not pay more than $1,300.

However, the amount of fines for non payment has been increasing across the state, with a maximum penalty of $6k being imposed in some cases.

According to the NSW Government, about 1,500 households were fined in 2016, with about $2.5m paid.

Nationally, a recent report found that one in five people had experienced a charge on their bills in the last six months.

But a spokesperson for the State Government says it will not be making any changes to the penalty system, adding that it will be a matter for the regulators to decide.

It has been recommended that any increase in penalties should be in line with inflation and not increase the cost of gas.

For more information, read our gas price article