Local drivers are to be hit with an extra fuel hike of €1 a litre just because they live in Donegal.
Fuel distributors have told local petrol stations that the cost of fuel is so high that they must now charge them extra for delivering it from Dublin to Donegal.
The new charge will see the price of a litre of petrol jump to a whopping €3 in many garages locally meaning some cars and jeeps will cost up to €150 to fill.
The new price hike will NOT be introduced in most other counties because they are close enough to Dublin where fuel supplies are shipped into from abroad.
But because Donegal is so far from Dublin Port, fuel suppliers say they have no choice but to up the prices for Donegal.
A spokesperson for one of Ireland’s leading suppliers, APR Fuels, said “Our hands are tied and we feel sorry for the people of Donegal.
“All we can suggest is for people not to drive as much or perhaps car-pool.”
Motorist Peter Van Diesel lives in Buncrana but works as a mechanic in Bundoran and travels more than 600 kilometres a week.
He fumed “I’ll be looking for a new job. This is ridiculous and quite simply hard to believe.
“I hope this is a joke and it’s treated as a joke because the price of fuel already is no laughing matter.”
The new Donegal price hike petrol tax is expected to be introduce in many Donegal garages from this evening, April 1st.