The petrol price database

The petrol price database (www.spritpreisrechner.at) has two options for you to find cheap filling stations. You can either use an address or select an Austrian province or district for your search. The address-based query and the search in individual districts will give you a list of the five cheapest filling stations for your selected fuel; if you select a province, you will get a ten-item list. The filling stations are marked on a map and listed in a table, with the cheapest at the top. Additional information provided includes opening hours and shops at the filling station etc.

Frequently asked questions

Why does the database only display the five cheapest offers?

This is the requirement in the Austrian law, which in turn is in line with European competition law. It is thought to prevent that stations move their prices up to match the more expensive offers on the market. If companies can see the most expensive price, they could set their own price just below that. They would then be cheaper than the most expensive offer, but would not be cheap in absolute terms. By only displaying the cheapest offers, the only orientation companies have are the lower prices. This in turn nudges them to lower their own prices.

Why can’t I search for filling stations along my travel route?

We must always display the five cheapest offers. Along a route, it is likely that these will be quite close together geographically, and so the information about the entire route would not carry much added value.

I am looking for a particular filling station but it does not appear in the database. Why not?

There could be several reasons. The filling station might not yet be registered in the database (even though there is a statutory obligation), and so its offers and additional information are not yet available. These kinds of blind spots in the database will be eradicated over time. At the moment, coverage is about 95% of all filling stations.

Another reason might be wrong geographical coordinates in the database, which means that the station is registered but appears in the wrong place. If this is the case, please tell the filling station about it. They can then correct their database entry.

I have entered a postcode or a town name. Why does the database not show me the cheapest filling station in this area?

The petrol price database always shows the ten stations closest to a particular location. If your search criteria is just the postcode or name of the town or district you are in, the database calculates the geographical centre and uses this location. The ten filling stations that are compared are then the ones closest to that place.

We recommend always using a full address as search criteria. This will give you the best results for your location.

The distances in the database sometimes seem off. What’s happening here?

The database works with linear (airline) distances. They can differ quite considerably from the distance you would actually have to drive to get there. We have opted for using linear distances in the database because selecting the ten closest filling stations based on road kilometres would be much more complicated. Theoretically, it would be possible.

Also, the database calculates the distance from the geographical centre of the unit you have used as search criteria, i.e. the street, district or postcode area. For instance, the distance in the database between two towns is calculated centre to centre – while street signs usually refer to distances between area boundaries.
 

Why don’t you simply use Google.Maps?

Google.Maps might be a little more comfortable but is a paid service. It is also designed for applications with a small number of users.

I am looking at a filling station’s price board and it shows different offers than the petrol price database. How is that possible?

It shouldn’t be. The operators of filling stations are responsible and liable for entering their prices into the petrol price database without delay. More specifically, price decreases must be entered within 30 minutes. Increases are only allowed at noon and must be entered within 10 minutes afterwards.

Why do the prices in the database not have a time stamp as in the ÖAMTC’s service?

The legal requirements clearly state that offers must be entered in the database within 30 minutes. By definition, there can be no outdated information in the petrol price database. Displaying date and time of when the prices were entered would not bring any additional information value.

I have entered an address but cannot click the button to trigger the enquiry. Am I doing it wrong?

In most cases, this is due to a setting in your internet browser. Please make sure java scripts are activated and autofill is not blocked.

Also, the database is optimised for Internet Explorer version 8 or newer and Firefox version 5 or newer; if you are using an older version of these programs, the database might not work properly.

Is there a petrol price database app?

No, but there is a mobile website. It works on all common smart phones. To get to the mobile page, go to http://mobile.spritpreisrechner.at.

Why can I only choose “diesel” or “super-95”?

The Preistransparenzgesetz (Transparency of Prices Act), which is the legal basis for the petrol price database, only mentions these two fuel types. This improves comparability between the filling stations. Including other products in the petrol price database is not compulsory and only makes sense if most operators of filling stations participate voluntarily. If this is the case, the database could be expanded in future.