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Protests planned over fuel costs
Fuel queue in Glasgow - picture by Paul Drury
The last fuel protests in 2000 caused long queues at the forecourt
Farmers and hauliers angered by the rising cost of fuel have said they are planning protests across the country this weekend.

Organised by a group calling themselves Transaction2007, the Ineos refinery in Grangemouth is among those locations likely to be targeted by the action.

The protest comes as prices on the forecourt passed the 1 litre mark.

Campaigners will stage their demo on Saturday to highlight the impact fuel prices are having on some sectors.

The action is set to take place at 1000 GMT on Saturday 15 December.

Transaction2007 said it was alerting motorists and the public early about the demonstrations to allow them to better prepare for the action.

It is frustration, anger and worry that makes people feel this way
Phil Flanders

Those behind the protests have insisted they will be lawful.

Philip Flanders, director of the Road Haulage Associate (RHA), said he sympathised with those taking part.

He said: "I understand and sympathise with the hauliers involved with Transaction2007.

"It is frustration, anger and worry that makes people feel this way. The government is not listening or caring and that is why we are in the position we are in."

A spokesman for the Ineos plant at Grangemouth said it was aware of the reported protests and were in regular contact with the police on the issue.

'Rising tax'

In a statement, Central Scotland Police said: "We have not been notified of any particular protest.

"We are aware of the ongoing situation and the police response to any event will be appropriate."

Transaction2007, an alliance of farmers and hauliers, have warned that if the UK Government fails to get the message, the protests will be radically stepped up in the New Year.

A strategic blockade of oil refineries in 2000 brought the country to a standstill and forced the government to cut tax on petrol.

David Hanley, chairman of protest group Farmers for Action, warned that similar scenes could be repeated without government action.

He said: "Some time ago we were approached by the haulage industry with regard to meeting to discuss what to do.

"As a result, we have decided to do something to highlight the rising tax on fuel.

"It will be an entirely peaceful protest."

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