Drivers resigned to hike

20:18, Jul 02 2014
timaru waimate petrol driver harold leigh
MORE MONEY: Waimate resident Harold Leigh had to pay more on Tuesday for petrol after the latest petrol price hike.

While some Waimate drivers were complaining about this week's petrol price hike, most expected and had accepted it, according to Sadlers Service Station owner Mark Sadler.

"Everybody is just used to it rising," Sadler said.

It now costs an extra three cents a litre as the second round of planned tax hikes came into force on Tuesday.

The increase sees petrol excise tax increase to around 67 cents per litre, which the Government said was necessary to offset more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Waimate resident Harold Leigh said there was nothing anyone could do about the price rise.

"It might hit those on a pension a bit harder - it will be one cup of coffee less a week," he said.

Sadler encouraged people to use their SuperGold card at any Challenge service station as the card reduced the cost of a litre of fuel by eight cents.


The Timaru Herald