Fuel talks planned as truckers go slow

Ministers and transport sector representatives are to hold round-table talks next week to discuss the effect of rising fuel prices on the transport sector.

News of the meeting came as a go-slow by lorry drivers on many highways led to delays and tailbacks in several places on Thursday lunchtime.
Motoring organisation ANWB said the traffic jam caused by the truckers, who drove in convoy at a maximum 50kph, totalled around 100km.
Truckers are angry at the planned three cent hike in fuel tax, which is due to come into effect on July 1. The go slow was organised by the transport sector lobby group TLN, which plans to step up its campaign if ministers refuse to halt the increase.
‘But we will not set up blockades as they are doing in Spain,’ TLN chairman Alexander Sakkers told the Volkskrant. Sakkers welcomed the ministers’ invitation to talks. ‘This shows our campaign is having an effect,’ he told news agency ANP.
But the independent drivers’ association VERN is forecasting tougher action. ‘Emotions are running high. We are not just angry about the increase in fuel tax,’ VERN chairman Klaas de Waardt told the Volkskrant.

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