Welcome to Kapiti, petrol price capital!
By Roger Childs
If you can find a higher price for petrol, we will match it, plus 10%! This seems to be the message from dispensers of the vital fluid in Paraparaumu.
On a recent trip to New Plymouth we failed to find any petrol station which could equal the extraordinary prices on the Kapiti Coast. How’s this for 91 at British Petroleum outlets:
- Paraparaumu 1.10.9
- Otaki 1.01.9
- Bulls 1.95.9
- Wanganui 1.00.9
- New Plymouth 1.93.9
What is going on?
You might expect higher prices in places far from the distribution points, but should Taranaki enjoy petrol nearly 9% cheaper than the Kapiti Coast?
This is not new issue as you all know and Crusher Collins, the National Government’s last Energy and Resources Minister, was going to do something about it.
It was definitely a tougher proposition than destroying the cars of boy and girl racers.
One gets the distinct impression that, not for the first time, drivers are getting ripped off by the oil companies. It seems that certain centres are subsidising cheaper prices elsewhere, and BP, Caltex, Mobil etc … keep laughing their way to the banks. The banks are doing pretty well too.
It will be interesting to see if the new government can do anything about it. Surely Winston has something to say about this.