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Gas prices were raised Thursday across Newfoundland and Labrador. (CBC)

Drivers across Newfoundland and Labrador faced a steep jump in the cost of gas Thursday, as the fuels regulator approved a 5.1-cent increase heading into the Easter weekend.

The Public Utilities Board lifted the price on all grades of gasoline. The change brings the maximum price of self-serve unleaded gas on the Avalon Peninsula — where prices are cheapest — to $1.433 per litre.

Prices are generally higher across the province, ranging from $1.448 in Port aux Basques to $1.597 in southern Labrador.

The change puts prices almost 15 cents above the cost of gas a year ago.

Some retailers, though, charge less than the ceiling imposed by the PUB.

Meanwhile, the PUB approved a 1.3-cent hike in the cost of diesel for retailers in Newfoundland. In Labrador, there is no change in the cost of diesel.

The costs of furnace oil and stove oil were each increased by 0.74 cents per litre, while the cost of propane was cut by 0.72 cents per litre.