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UK Fuel protest planned for 15th December

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A group called Transaction 2007 is planning a "nationwide legal protest". Protests will start Saturday 15th December 2007 at 10:00am. They say the date was decided by members as "the best possible to enable those who would normally be working during the week to attend." According to a press release on the site, they plan to protest outside refineries or storage depots across the country.

 

You might remember the fuel protest of 2000 which initially gathered strong support from motorists. However, that support quickly turned when many motorists were prevented from filling up because of lorry blockades.

 

PetrolPrices.com expressed to the organisers that they may find public support for another fuel protest providing it was properly planned to be legal and orderly. So far, the Transaction 2007 organisers have been unwilling to confirm to us specifically what action they have planned for this week. When we pressed the group's spokesman, Chris Hunter, he said "This will be a numbers game levied against legislation. I can comment no further."

 

With fuel breaking well beyond the £1 barrier, PetrolPrices.com has had a huge rise in the number of emails from concerned motorists. People were especially angry following the last fuel duty hike imposed by the Government in October. Despite being made aware of the huge resistance from motorists, the Government pushed ahead with the 2p duty increase, leaving the public frustrated and angry.

 

The protests of 2000 achieved some success in that the fuel duty escalator was frozen. However, it has now resumed and with the rising price of oil motorists are paying ever increasing taxation due to VAT on fuel. Unlike fuel duty which is fixed, VAT is charged at 17.5%, so for every 1p increase in the price of fuel, we are actually paying an extra 1.175p.

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Hmm, worked as well as the last one!

 

Day one - The petrol garages are full of mums putting another fivers worth in there car to fill it to the maximum, causing chaos.

 

Day two - The people who couldn't get into the garages on Day 1, now are filling up in large numbers.

 

Day three - Back to normal. Not exactly how to protest "French-Style" is it?

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I fill up most nights !

 

(Hic !!!)

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I used to like filling 'a 'Mum' to the maximum !!

 

chloe

 

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