A group of Hawke’s Bay drink drivers say rising fuel costs are hitting them in the pocket.

Roughly 60 concerned drink drivers attended an emergency meeting yesterday at the Clive Hall to offer support to members, and discuss possible solutions to a way of life they say is now under threat.

“Midwinter’s upon us and I’m having to cycle home from the pub in near freezing temperatures,” said group spokesperson Barney Flannagan. “It’s intolerable, unacceptable and exploitative.”

The group hit out at lack of government regulation in the fuel industry, and told BayBuzz they intend to take their fight to local forecourts, where they’ll add their voice to that of truckers, taxi drivers, couriers, farmers and petrol sniffers, all of whom are calling for a fuel tax break to cushion rising crude costs.


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