Regular gas prices rose to $1.49.9 per litre around Victoria on Thursday. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS.

Capital Region regular gas prices highest since 2008

Greater Victoria prices roughly 10 cents above the B.C. average

Gas prices have hit $1.49.9 per litre around Greater Victoria and reactions are mixed.

From the Shell station on Yates Street to Petro-Canada on Sooke Road and Chevron on Gorge Road West, all were among those outlets increasing their price for regular fuel by nine cents per litre on Thursday.

The major price jump sent a variety of people to the Victoria News Facebook page to let their feelings be known.

“Where’s the competition? If they all change their prices at the same time, I’m pretty sure that’s called collusion with the intent to monopolize the market,” wrote one reader. “Isn’t that against the law in a free market system? What am I missing?”

Another wrote, “Unbelievable … I’d walk first.”

However, price monitoring website GasBuddy.com showed Friday morning that the Petro-Canada on Jackin Road and the Chevron on West Saanich Road and Wallace Drive in Brentwood remain at $1.39.9 per litre for regular gas.

Comparisons also came in from other areas through Facebook. One commenter said that Victoria’s gas prices were actually better than in Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows, while another chimed in, it’s “Still 108.9 in Calgary.”

This marks the highest price for gas in Victoria since 2008, when the regular fuel price peaked at $1.53.6 per litre, according to GasBuddy.com.

“Well I have to say it is a good incentive to possibly biking, walking or taking the bus more often,” encouraged a Victoria resident. “It’s spring time you’ll survive the weather.”

Elsewhere on Vancouver Island, gas was posted at $1.36.9 at the Lakes Road and the Government Street Petro-Canada stations in Duncan. The average price in B.C. was $1.39.8.

anna.james@vicnews.com

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