Serious disruption is likely as roads are targeted during a protest against fuel taxes


Police have warned of “serious disruption throughout the day” as protesters target highways during a demonstration against high fuel prices.

Roads in various parts of the country could be prone to traffic jams on Monday as protesters take action and call for lower fuel taxes.

Protests will mainly target three-lane motorways and see two-lane delays, leaving the fast lane free, according to FairFuelUK founder Howard Cox.

A liter of petrol on UK forecourts hit a new high of 191.4p on Thursday, while diesel rose to 199.1p (Joe Giddens/PA)

Although he said his organization was not involved in the action, he is “fully supportive” of the protests as long as they take place legally.

The protests are supposed to be organized via social media under the Fuel Price Stand Against Tax banner.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he would carefully consider calls for a ‘more substantial’ cut in fuel taxes after the 5p per liter cut implemented in March failed to halt rising prices .

Figures from data firm Experian show the average price of a liter of petrol on UK forecourts hit a new high of 191.4p on Thursday, while diesel rose to 199.1p.

The government said while it understood people were struggling with rising prices and had a right to protest, “people’s daily lives should not be disrupted” and warned that delays in the circulation “will only increase fuel consumption”.

Organizers are expected to block crossing the Prince of Wales Bridge between England and Wales, while disruption is also possible in Essex and Gloucestershire.

Mr Cox told the PA news agency: ‘I totally support their protest because people have reached their end of the ropes at the moment.

He said other countries had cut fuel taxes more than the UK and asked ‘why the hell don’t we do that here?’

Mr Cox called for a cut of at least 20p and warned the protests would otherwise continue.

He said: “There is an appetite (for such a protest). If the government does not keep its promises, I think there will be a serious escalation of protests. »

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been asked to announce a bigger fuel tax cut (Yui Mok/PA)
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been asked to announce a bigger fuel tax cut (Yui Mok/PA)

Gwent Police said protests are expected to take place on the road network between 7am and 7pm on Monday.

They said organizers had indicated their intention to block the Prince of Wales Bridge, with the protest starting on the M4 at Magor Services, Junction 23A eastbound and Junction 20 of the M4 westbound.

Chief Superintendent Tom Harding said he would encourage drivers to reconsider travel, consider working from home and avoid the area where possible.

Bristol Airport has advised travelers to allow extra time for their journeys.

In a tweet, the airport said: “Please note there is a fuel protest planned to block crossings of the River Severn Bridge this Monday July 4th from 8.30am.

“The protest is likely to affect the M5, M4 and the two crossings into Wales. Please allow extra time if traveling to or from the airport.

Essex Police Chief Inspector Anna Granger said her officers “are experienced in handling incidents that cause significant disruption”.

She said: ‘We will be monitoring the situation closely and putting in place a police operation to limit the disruption.

Gloucestershire Police said the protests were likely to affect the A48, causing travel disruption in the Gloucester and Forest of Dean areas.

A government spokesperson said: “While we respect the right to protest, people’s daily lives must not be disrupted, especially on busy motorways where lives are at risk and traffic delays which result will only increase fuel consumption.

“The new Public Order Bill will make it a criminal offense to stick together on a dangerous highway, which sees police spending hours trying to keep people away safely.”


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