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Fuel protest pioneer retires By Christopher Waltra, MIKE PRESNEILL, one

23rd May 2013, Page 5
23rd May 2013
Page 5
Page 5, 23rd May 2013 — Fuel protest pioneer retires By Christopher Waltra, MIKE PRESNEILL, one
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of the founders of TransAction — the protest group that was at the heart of the strikes staged over high fuel prices in 2000 and 2008 — has sold his haulage business and retired from the industry.

The Isle of Sheppy, Kent-based Presneill Tipper Contractors (PTC), which Presneill set up in 1981, is now part of fellow Kent based tipper contractor Ardula.

Following the deal being made public, he thanked his staff for running the business as he devoted his time to TransAction.

"The cause needs to continue," Presneill said of the fight against the high price of fuel. "Every day there is something [in the media] about what it is doing to us. If it had not been for what a few individuals had done, we would not be where we are now. "But the campaign has moved forward," he added. "With Peter Carroll [and FairFuelUK], the government is listening."

He explained that the sale of PTC to Ardula took place during the past 18 months, as he looked to secure the future of the business.

His wife Pauline will stay with the business for a short period, but sons Shaun and Asa will remain long term, with Asa as operations director.

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