Source: Daily Mail

Fuel protests could be in the pipeline before the General Election as prices continue to soar at the pumps.

Prices have hit a record average of £1.20p a litre and industry experts have warned the price could rocket to £1.50p this summer due to the weak pound and  increased cost of wholesale fuel.

It comes just days after the Government put fuel duty up by 1p a litre.

Andrew Spence, a farmer, who led Fuel Lobby protesters at the Shell UK plant in Jarrow in both 2000 and 2005, has warned that angry hauliers are prepared to launch action and make petrol prices a political issue once again.

The 42-year-old said feelings were running high in the haulage industry and blockades could be back before the General Election.

Mr Spence, who also runs a haulage business, from Consett, County Durham, said:  ‘I am very aware of the situation as I run seven vehicles.

‘I might have been out of the loop for a few years now, but feedback I have been getting suggests people are willing to take action before the election takes place.

‘The situation is desperate, and it is an inevitable fact that something will happen. Crude oil is not as dear as it was four years ago, it is the taxation that has banged the price up.

‘We have to make an issue about it, so whichever party comes into power realises how serious the issue and situation is.

‘Businesses are going bankrupt each and every day, and this is just one extra financial strain that no-one needs right now.’


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