Angry British lorry drivers took their fuel protest to the heart of government today, in their third demonstration this year against rising prices. They want the government to abandon plans to raise fuel duty in October, saying soaring costs could mean the end of the road for many truckers.
Truckers say they cannot compete with rivals from Europe, where pump prices are lower. One driver said: “The cost of fuel is that excessive, we just cannot afford to carry on. We cannot compete with the internationals, the foreigners that come over here. We are being put out of business.”
Anger over record prices has sparked protests all over the world. In Lithuania, drivers reduced the roads around the capital Vilnius to a crawl as they converged on parliament. Protesters want to keep up the pressure on their political leaders, as governments continue their frantic search for a way of reining-in the surging price of oil.