Motorists join lift clubs to save petrol

2011-12-07 00:00

MANY motorists in the Edendale area have joined lift clubs to save petrol in the wake of a series of fuel price hikes.

A row of cars can be seen parked outsidethe BP Edendale service station.

Teachers and Correctional Services officers who work in the Vulindlela area park their cars there each day on their way to work.

A Correctional Services officer who declined to be named told The Witness he and his colleagues have been using a bus service provided by the department since the beginning of the year.

“We pay a lot of money for petrol so when I go to work I just park my car here as it’s safe then I use the bus and that helps a lot.”

The manager of the service station, Ambrose Sokhela, said the development has affected his business.

“They are avoiding the petrol price increase, so they prefer using public transport or they even start lift clubs,” said Sokhele.

If the petrol keeps going up, he said, he will have to cut staff hours because the garage is not as busy as it used to be.

The Energy Department last week announced an 11 cent decrease in the price of petrol from today. Diesel goes up by between 47 and 44 cents. The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will increase by 43 cents and the retail price by 57 cents a litre.

Automobile Association spokesperson Gary Ronald said it is legal to use lift clubs as long as there is no exchange of money.

“Once you pay it operates as public transport, but if you use cars alternately it’s fine …”

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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