Fuel hike will not crucify Steve
By Will Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org STEVE COX is a man well prepared for the petrol price hikes predicted for the Easter break. He has armed himself with some hefty discount vouchers and a bunch of jerry cans. "I've got a voucher for 20c off every litre ? up to a maximum of 150 litres ? and I'm going to make use of almost every bit of it," he said. Despite protests by the big petrol suppliers, the NRMA and independent fuel monitors FUELtrac have told motorists to expect price hikes next week. Caltex Australia said it was a myth petrol prices jumped because of holidays, and provided some very nice looking graphs to prove it, but NRMA Motoring and Services president Alan Evans said the oil company's claims were intended to distract attention from Easter price increases, which he predicted would be a few cents a litre. The price per litre of unleaded has been predicted to reach anywhere up to $1.40. Steve, of Larnook, can carry 140 litres to get his family to the Border Ranges for a camping trip over the break, but may need another voucher.