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Drivers Warned As Fuel Protests Set To Cause Motorway Chaos

Claire Reid

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Drivers Warned As Fuel Protests Set To Cause Motorway Chaos

Motorists are being warned about fuel price protests set to take place tomorrow (Monday 4 July) that could cause chaos on major roads. 

FairFuelUK says that protests are mounting across the UK, with planned rolling road go slow demos in Yorkshire, M54, Essex, M5, A63, M180 and other roads. 

The campaign also warns that such protests could become more frequent in coming months due to the increasing price of fuel. 

Howard Cox Founder of the FairFuelUK Campaign said: "These are not just demonstrations against the record excruciatingly high petrol and diesel prices that rise each and every day. They are also about the sickening chronic manipulation of pump prices and the complete lack of scrutiny by our out of touch Government, in allowing unchecked petrol and diesel profiteering to run rife."

Fuel protest are set to take place along the M54 tomorrow. Credit: Alamy
Fuel protest are set to take place along the M54 tomorrow. Credit: Alamy

"And at the same time this allegedly self proclaiming low taxation Conservative Government is wallowing in £3billion of extra VAT in just the last year alone. All due to these record unaffordable prices. They continue to be in denial, a state of torpor and seem clueless in reducing the pain of the crippling cost of living crisis."

"With UK petrol prices currently 20p more than the average across 35 European countries and Diesel 25p more, Rishi Sunak must cut Fuel Duty by at least 20p and introduce PumpWatch before the economy is ruined even more."

"There are so many evidential examples of obvious pump price exploitation in the last 20 years, but during Covid years and since the onset of the Ukrainian crisis, the big fuel supply chain businesses have reached the lowest of lows in ripping off UK drivers at will."

Fuel prices have hit record highs. Credit: Pixabay
Fuel prices have hit record highs. Credit: Pixabay

Last week, the AA claimed drivers were ‘being taken for fools’ at the pumps as the price of fuel increased for the 38th consecutive day. 

On Thursday (30 June), the motoring company revealed petrol was at 191.2p a litre, while diesel is 199p.

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: “Drivers are being taken for fools by retailers as the cost of fuel continues its worryingly upward trend.”

He continued: "With the Prime Minister and the Chancellor talking openly about the prospect of cutting fuel duty further, drivers need to hear less talk and see more action.

"An additional 10p cut in duty, which the AA called for weeks ago, will not only help ease the pressure at the pumps but keep prices in supermarket aisles down too.

"Until this happens, household budgets across the country will continue being squeezed."


Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: UK News, Cars

Claire Reid
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