Nfld. & Labrador

Long lines at gas stations ahead of tax hike

Consumers across the province rushed to fill up ahead of a 18.6 cent hike on each litre of gas, which will be implemented Thursday.

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Gas pumps across Newfoundland and Labrador were hit with spectacular lineups on Wednesday as drivers scurried to avoid a looming tax hike.

Consumers across the province rushed to fill up before a price change of 18.65 cents takes effect on Thursday. 

That includes a 16.5 cent a litre increase in the gas tax plus an additional 2.15 cents in HST. 

The size of the Public Utilities Board`s actual hike, which will be influenced by any other pricing changes, will take effect at midnight. 

If there are no other pricing changes Thursday, the maximum price of gas on the Avalon Peninsula will jump from $1.14 per litre to nearly $1.33 per litre.

The new gas tax was one part of the array of tax increases contained in April's bad news provincial budget.

Costco in St. John's saw long lineups on Wednesday. (Jeremy Eaton/CBC)

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