Drivers warned of massive chaos as fuel protests set to hit UK roads today

Demonstrations are expected across England and Wales as protesters take part in “go-slow” protests to bring attention to the near-record petrol and diesel prices. A Facebook group, Fuel Price Stand Against Tax, shared a post to its 53,000 members suggesting activists will assemble “nationwide” to make their voices heard.

It is expected that protests will be seen in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

Avon and Somerset Police is advising drivers to plan ahead as protesters are also due to target the A38 in Bristol.

Superintendent Tony Blatchford said: “Drivers can expect journey times to be longer than normal, especially on motorways, which often tend to be at their busiest at this time of year.

“We advise motorists to consider any alternative travel plans available and ensure they are suitably prepared in case they are delayed.”

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The M25 is expected to see the most traffic jams, with data indicating that stretches between Bromley and the Dartford Crossing will be hit the worst.

Another protest group, Just Stop Oil, has announced that it will look to make the M25 a site of “civil resistance” all week.

Howard Cox, FairFuelUK’s Founder, said: “As oil prices have rocketed since 2020, the fuel supply chain has exploited drivers by doubling their profits through record pump pricing. 

“They are directly responsible for making the cost of living crisis even worse. I call on the Government, once and for all to punish the opportunistic profiteering in the fuel supply chain. 

“This simply can’t go on. 

“The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) seem in total dereliction of their core duty in not punishing the fuel supply chain’s lack of competition, exploiting global oil price instability, and blatant unchecked profiteering.”

Mr Cox called on the Government to implement a pump pricing regulator, something which he has championed alongside the MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon.

He added: “The new Prime Minister must make this a priority, in order to reduce inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.”

He clarified that he does support the protesters’ objectives, but not any unlawful actions.

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