With files from David Zammit

The price of fuel has increased at times over the past few months, but Monday's scheduled carbon tax increase made for a bump that everyone around west-central Saskatchewan seems to have noticed.

According to GasBuddy.com on Monday, Kindersley's stations were between a $1.54/L and a $1.58/L. Rosetown is reading around $1.54/L. Looking south to Leader fuel is being sold at $1.57/L, and then Kerrobert is the highest of the bunch at $1.62/L.

Stats show that Saskatchewan's average gas price has jumped close to 30 cents per litre since the middle of January. The April 1 increase represents a 23 per cent rise, pushing the tax on gasoline from 14 cents per litre to 17 cents per litre.

GasBuddy's Head of Petroleum Analysis, Patrick De Haan, talked about gas stations and the process of implementing the hike. 

"Gas bars and stations will generally pass that tax along as soon as it hits them," he said. Gas stations could face repercussions if they institute it early. "They generally hold off on passing that along simply because they know there's a lot of eyes on them, politicians certainly would love to go after them for raising prices unnecessarily before the carbon tax increase."

While prices have been on the rise for the time being, in the end, De Haan believes gas prices will peak in April or May before dropping down a bit for the summer months.