'No fuel Fridays': Calls to boycott the pumps

Drive 08/10/2018
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No Fuel Fridays is the idea - don't buy petrol or diesel on a Friday. It's part of a campaign to avoid the pumps.

Organiser Jody Wallace started the campaign on social media.

He told RadioLIVE Drive that the protest is aimed at fuel stations with hopes they will cut their petrol and diesel prices as people boycott their pumps.

Mr Wallace believes if we all band together and adopt the approach it will hurt profits.

He suggests people take one day a week, every week, to boycott gas pumps until prices come down to a more acceptable price.

Last week, economist Shamubeel Eaqub warned petrol prices could hit $2.70 by next year - and the results could be devastating for low-income families.

The latest fuel tax increase has sent prices soaring yet again with petrol prices up by 3.5 cents per litre.

Taxes on petrol are set to continue increasing with national price hikes of three to four cents a litre in each of the next three years.

Appearing on The AM Show, Mr Eaqub said we should be budgeting for "big increases" for oil prices on top of what we already have.

"We've got two big risks coming up. We've got the New Zealand dollar that's probably going to weaken and we've got all the global conflicts so the price of global oil is probably going to rise," he says.

Listen to the full interview with Jody Wallace above.

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