Demonstrations across the country are calling for fuel duty to be cut, with vehicles purposely driving slowly on motorways to protest the high fuel prices.
The protests, which have been organised via social media under the name Fuel Price Stand Against Tax, will target three-lane motorways as well as slow down two lanes, while leaving the fast lane free, according to FairFuelUK founder Howard Cox.
Police have asked drivers to consider staying home today (July 4) if possible as several major roads across the UK face serious disruptions.
Here are all the roads and motorways set to be affected by traffic jams.
Demonstrations over rising fuel prices began along the M4 and M5 on Monday morning, with ‘rolling roadblocks’ being used.
This included vehicles slowing down both ways across the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge between Wales and England by 8am, with a “go-slow” protest kicking off on the M5 near Exeter heading northbound.
The procession over bridge over the Severn even stopped briefly, though police had said vehicles couldn’t stop or travel slower than 30mph.
Bristol Airport issued a warning over this, advising travellers to allow extra time for their journeys.
A tweet from the airport said: “Please note that there is a planned fuel protest to block the River Severn Bridge crossings this Monday July 4 from 8.30am.The protest will likely affect the M5, M4 and the two crossings to Wales. Please allow extra time if travelling to or from the airport.”
The traffic jams are expected to impact Essex and Gloucestershire as well.
Gloucestershire Police warned that protests will likely affect the A48, causing travel disruption in the Gloucester and Forest of Dean areas.
Anna Granger, Essex Police Chief Inspector, said her officers “are experienced at dealing with incidents which cause significant disruption”.
A government spokesperson said: “While we respect the right to protest, people’s day-to-day lives should not be disrupted, especially on busy motorways where lives are put at risk and resulting traffic delays will only add to fuel use.
“The new Public Order Bill will make it a criminal offence to glue yourself to a dangerous motorway, which sees police spending hours trying to safely remove people.”
Why are people calling for a fuel duty cut?
Protests are calling for fuel duty cut as price of fuel continues to soar across the UK.
Recent figures from data firm Experian show the average price of a litre of petrol in the country reached a new high of 191.4p on Thursday, while diesel rose to 199.1p.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said he will carefully consider calls for a “more substantial” fuel duty cut after the 5p per litre reduction introduced in March failed to help with price rises.