Motorists Plan Gas Price Protest

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

London (AP) Hundreds of truckers plan to jam part of central London to protest the rising price of fuel.

Haulers from across the country intend to drive in a convoy to Marble Arch in the center of the city today before handing in a petition to Prime Minister Gordon Brown's 10 Downing Street residence.

They are asking the government to compensate truck drivers for the soaring cost of gas. Record-high oil prices have helped drive the cost of diesel in Britain to what would be the US equivalent of $9 a gallon.

The truckers say thousands of jobs in their industry are threatened by the rising costs.

Many drivers also object to government plans to impose an environmental tax on some gas-guzzling cars.

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