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Fuel price protests are scheduled for the M54 and M6 tomorrow, with hundreds expected to join

Traffic on the highways is likely to be disrupted due to the protest
Traffic on the highways is likely to be disrupted due to the protest

Motorists angered by ever-increasing petrol and diesel prices have led to slow-moving protests across the country, with two demonstrations set to take place in the region.

Around 200 drivers in vans, trucks and cars are expected to gather at Junction 4 of the M54 in Telford and form a convoy, while most protesters will take Junction 3 to the M6 ​​for Coventry and Nuneaton.

Both protests are expected to start at 6 am.

Businessman Andy Carloman organized the M54 convoy under the banner ‘Stand up to fuel prices UK wide’.

He said: “I’ve been in discussions with the police about where we start and the nature of the protest is breaking the law and the last thing we want to do is risk arrest – but we certainly intend to get the message across. “

Meanwhile, West Midlands Police have urged frustrated drivers not to take part in the go-slow on the M6.

The fuel price stand against the tax group plans to slow traffic to 30mph on lanes one and two of the northbound carriageway from Junction 3, before returning to the southbound carriageway.

The force told drivers to consider the consequences of closing the road network.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We are aware that people are planning to disrupt traffic on Monday (July 4).

“Along with our partners, we are experienced in handling this type of protest, but we urge drivers to check for any obstruction on their route before travelling.

“We urge those planning to participate to consider the knock-on effect on people trying to get work, school or hospital appointments.”

Any motorist who breaks the law during the protest can expect to have their collar felt and wallet hit with a fine.

“As with any journey on any day, we recommend that people check their route for delays by listening to local radio,” the spokesperson added.

The protests are part of a series of demonstrations scheduled for Monday. The Severn Bridge on the M4, the M6 ​​near Preston, the M25 in Surrey, the M62 between Hull and Leeds and the M56 are other places where drivers are expected to be targeted.

The planned hikes come as fuel prices continue to rise despite a drop in wholesale costs.

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

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said the rise in petrol prices could be explained by “the resistance of the biggest retailers to lower their pump prices in line with the lower wholesale price of unleaded”.

He continued: “Instead of passing on some of the savings they’re benefiting from, they’re clearly banking on the wholesale market to pick up again, which is frustrating for drivers who are desperate to see an end to ever-rising prices.

“Sadly, there no longer appears to be any appetite among the big four supermarkets to drive customers into their stores with lower pump prices.

“We question whether we will again see much competition between supermarkets over fuel, let alone a so-called ‘price war’.”

Supermarket fuel retailers have stopped cutting pump prices to encourage customers into their stores, but retailers have reported a surge in verbal abuse to forecourt staff from drivers angry about pump prices.

On Tuesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak told MPs he would carefully consider calls for “more substantial” fuel duty cuts after the 5 paise per liter cut implemented in March failed to stem price hikes.

In June, following a request from Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, the CMA launched a “small and focused review” of how much drivers were being charged for fuel.

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