The new tax makes North Carolina the sixth highest gas taxing state in the nation.
In addition to the state's new tax, changes to a federal tax on ethanol could add another nickel per gallon.
The federal tax break on ethanol expired on Dec. 31, 2011 which adds 4.9-cents per gallon for North Carolina drivers
Tyronza Hicks of Durham said the changes are on gas are ridiculous.
"Eleven years ago it was affordable. I won't say cheap but affordable," he said. "Now, it's just outrageous. It's causing a person like me to work two or three jobs."
By comparison, the gas tax-rate in South Carolina is 22-cents cheaper than it is here.
In Virginia, it's 19-cents cheaper.