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More truck protests looming

02 May, 2008
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Truckers may be planning further action to follow the protest staged in London against the soaring price of diesel fuel. Lorry drivers travelled from as far as Cornwall and mid-Wales for last month's rally, which included a delegation handing a coffin in at the Houses of Parliament to symbolise the demise of the haulage industry. The protest, organised by Transaction 2007,
attracted 65 truckers.Roger King, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, said: "There is the prospect of another protest later this month - at least, there are a lot of suggestions flying around on the emails."The move came as fuel prices hit a record high of £5 a gallon and supplies ran low after the strike at the Grangemouth refinery. Nick Vandervell, spokesman for the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA), said: "Crude oil is the main feedstock for refineries and high global prices continue to impact upon the prices of refined products. This is largely a reflection of strong global demand and a weaker US dollar rather than any lack of UK refining capacity."