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Hauliers consider French-style demo

7th March 1996, Page 6
7th March 1996
Page 6
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• Operators at last weekends Midlands and Western Regional Conference of the Road Haulage Association, called for a militant French-style protest at Government transport policy.

Derv, VED and tax hikes are threatening businesses while trucks are being unfairly targeted as major creators of pollution, they argue. One delegate says: "Proposals to Government through our national executive board have generally fallen on deaf ears. Parading lorries through London with placards and slowing down traffic would be a last resort, but one we would seriously consider and any alternatives."

Another says: "The French block roads and seem to get somewhere. Maybe it's time British hauliers attempted something too."

RHA director general Bryan Colley says: "We've seen French police sitting on their hands when drivers block motorways. I'm not entirely satisfied the British constabulary would do the same."


People: Bryan Colley
Locations: London

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