Drivers surprised to learn of fuel price rise

Motorists filling their tanks at the Rutherford St Shell station this morning were unaware the price of fuel would rise tomorrow as the next stage of the Emissions Trading Scheme takes effect.

Petrol prices are likely to rise 3c a litre and diesel by 4c.

Nelson lighting designer Roger Gilchrist said he was unaware of the impending price hike, but said the ETS was "a bunch of rubbish".

"Because I have looked into the whole global warming thing and I don't believe in it."

Mr Gilchrist said the new scheme was "just an excuse" for New Zealand to move towards a global economy.

"Why should we be paying a tax on something that's not having an effect on us?"

Nelson mother Rachel Kearney was concerned about the rising cost of living.

"It's not very good, but there's not much we can do about it."

The Nelson Mail