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‘I earn more on the dole’: Fuel price protesters block UK motorways | The UK cost of living crisis

Convoys of protesters over high fuel prices are causing delays and disruption to parts of the motorway system.

Rolling roadblocks are being used by protesters, many in lorries and vans, causing traffic to slow or stop in parts of the country, including the west of England, south Wales, Essex, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

One of the major extensions targeted is the M4 between the Bristol area and South Wales, including the Prince of Wales Severn Bridge Crossing.

Among those taking part in the M4 protest was Vicky Stamper, 41. The former HGV driver from Cwmbran, south Wales, said she and her partner Darren had to quit their jobs in Bristol. travel

She said: “We had to quit those jobs because it cost us £380 a week to get to and from work. I lost my job two weeks ago because the company couldn’t put enough fuel in the trucks before they left.

He said the situation has taken an emotional toll on him and his family. Speaking about the disruption the protest would cause to drivers, Stamper added: “We’re doing this for us and for them. If they want to protest, they should join us instead. Asked what he would ask Boris Johnson to do, he said: “Resign”.

The protest was organized through social media under the banner of Stand Against Tax and Fuel Prices.

Richard Diet, 44, a mobile welder from Maestagh in south Wales, said it was costing him hundreds of pounds in fuel to get to work each week. “It was costing me £300 a week before I could work and earn anything,” Diet told the PA news agency. “Soon my only option is to put the welding gear in the shed and call it a day, maybe go on the dole. Face it, at this rate I’d be more that way.

In south Wales, police told protest organizers they could not stop and drive slower than 30 mph before leaving. For a few minutes, both carriageways of the M4 approaching the Severn Crossing were blocked by protests slowing east and westbound travel.

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Gwent Police said protests are expected to take place on the road network from 7am to 7pm on Monday. Bristol Airport has advised passengers to allow extra time for their journeys.

A UK Government spokesman said: “We respect the right to protest, which should not disrupt people’s daily lives, particularly on busy motorways where lives are put at risk and the resulting traffic delays only add to fuel consumption.”

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