Blockade could polarise support

Militant truck drivers have been warned that direct action protesting presents the risk of alienating broader support from mainstream road haulage associations and organisations.

FairFuelUK is the newly created organisation spearheading the campaign to stop the next fuel duty planned for April. Peter Carroll, leader of FairFuelUK, stated on Monday, “I aim to hold mass rallies of vehicles in the coming weeks as we run up to the budget so that the government is in no doubt about the depth of this crisis.”

The Freight Transport Association has stated that it would lend its support to the cause, so long as Carroll and his supporters rejected direct action as a solution. Liam Northfield of the FTA said, “We are opposed to that kind of thing…Our organisation is about keeping freight moving not bringing it to a halt and we are convinced that blockades are counter-productive because it endangers public support.”