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In pictures: Lorry fuel protest

Lorries parked up on the A40

Hundreds of lorry drivers and haulage firm owners angry at fuel price rises have protested in London and along the M4 in Wales.

Road closed

A convoy closed the A40 into the capital, as truckers from across the country parked up and made their way to a rally at Marble Arch.

Queues near Bridgend

In Wales, more than 100 drove from Cross Hands, Llanelli, towards Cardiff. Police restrictions meant they handed a petition to Welsh Assembly members at a service station outside the city.

Flyers on the front of a truck

Hauliers say high diesel prices and a planned 2p fuel tax rise are driving firms out of business and they want a rebate to enable them to compete with foreign firms.

Protest poster on the front of a truck

The government is also under fire from drivers and MPs over plans to increase road tax on older, more polluting vehicles

A protester at Marble Arch, London

But the government says oil-producing countries need to increase output, and fuel duty is lower than its 1999 level in real terms.

Lorry protesters at Downing Street

After the rally, protest organisers in London headed to 10 Downing Street to hand in their petition.

Picture from News Online reader Helen Daniels of queues

The disruption their lorries caused continued throughout the day for fellow travellers and local residents - as this photo from Helen Daniels near Paddington shows.



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