Hauliers take to the roads in London’s largest-ever fuel protest.

More than 1,000 lorry and truck drivers took to the roads in central London and Wales today, to protest against the rise in fuel and tax prices which will see seven out of ten motorists hit. This comes amid fresh concerns from MPs about the government’s proposed road tax charges which will see millions of motorists paying hundreds of pounds more per year.

Currently, motorists who own a car bought between 2001 and 2006 are exempt from the top tax band, but the new budget tax rises will see a host of family cars purchased before March 2006 double their road tax from £210 to more than £430.

Included in the line up of cars which will pay 24 per cent more road tax is the Vauxhall Zafira 2.0i, the Vauxhall Vectra 2.8i V6 Turbo, the Renault Espace 2.0 Turbo 170 and the Ford Galaxy 2.3i Zetec – many of these cars are used every day for school runs and will affect families significantly.

As a result, forty-two MPs (thirty-five of them Labour) have backed a Commons motion served by Ronnie Campbell urging ministers to reconsider the car tax.

Mr Campbell, the MP for Blyth Valley said: ’It is unfair on people who bought their cars a few years ago not knowing that the Government were going to put this road tax on. ’When people get their road tax letter through the door next year and find they have got an extra £200 to pay – well, I don’t have to say any more, do I? The motorist is taking the brunt again.’

Stephen Jury


May 27, 2008