Motorists are in for another fuel price hike shock

2018-07-26 06:01
PHOTOS: tHAMI KA-NKOSILeon Wiggill driving school operator said there are forced to increase prices and customers are complaining. He said people should also join these organisations.

PHOTOS: tHAMI KA-NKOSILeon Wiggill driving school operator said there are forced to increase prices and customers are complaining. He said people should also join these organisations.

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“Driving school operators say they are forced to increase prices and customers are complaining. People should also join these organisations against the fuel increase”.

“No-one is happy about the fuel increase but nothing can be done.”

”It is absolutely terrible and government should intervene. The recent spike in fuel prices is cause for great concern as it is impacting on the lives of all South Africans‚ especially the poorest of the poor who rely on paraffin for heating‚ lighting and cooking.”

SOME South Coasters have pledged their support to the People Against Petrol and Paraffin Price Increase (PAPPPI) who have threatened to shut down roads in the CBDs of KZN on July 27.

According to PAPPPI founder Visvin Reddy, based in Durban, this is the only way to show government that something must be done about these ongoing petrol price hikes.

Reddy said: “The increases have brought the issue of fuel costs firmly into the public domain and we believe now is a good opportunity for government to revisit the issue of the fuel levies with a view to reducing them significantly‚ especially as this is a cost it has control over.”

On Tuesday this week, the Automobile Association outlook for August predicted that fuel prices are likely to rise again at the end of the month. The association said current data suggested “a price rise of 19 cents a litre for petrol‚ 13 cents for diesel‚ and 22 cents for illuminating paraffin”. This is not good news for motorists, with many left feeling that something should really be done.

“International oil prices see-sawed during the first half of July‚ but remained within a fairly narrow band and did not contribute substantially to the price rises we are anticipating for next month‚” said the AA in a statement.

“If the prevailing rand and fuel price trends persist for the rest of July‚ the fuel price increase may be lower than expected‚ but we cannot rule out the possibility of further volatility‚” said the AA.

South Africans are still reeling from a price increase — with prices already at a record high — from the beginning of July.

PHOTOS: THAMI KA-NKOSI

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