Lorry drivers to stage M62 fuel protest

fuel-protest.jpgBy Jon Land | Police monitoring a proposed fuel protest by truckers on one of the UK’s busiest motorways said today their primary aim is to keep traffic flowing on the route. Organisers of the demonstration on the M62 in West Yorkshire have predicted up to 170 lorries will take part in the action against high fuel prices.

The hauliers plan the go-slow action from 2pm.

They are expected to start at junction 31, near Castleford, and head westwards to junction 26 south of Bradford.

The route will take the protest along a notoriously congested section of the motorway system, including the M1/M62 junction near Leeds.

One of the organisers, trucker Rob Sweeting, told BBC Radio Leeds: “Hopefully somebody will listen to us – the Government.”

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “West Yorkshire Police has been in discussion with the organisers of the protest and our partners in the Highways Agency and comprehensive plans are in place to minimise disruption, ensure public safety and deal effectively with any potential problems.

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

“Our primary aim is to ensure the continued free flow of traffic on the motorway while allowing lawful, peaceful protest to go ahead.

“Anyone found breaking the law will face prosecution.”