Monday, May 9, 2011

Fuel Prices: Drivers Take the Train, Others Protest

The Mirror reports more drivers taking the train, with half making the switch citing the cost of fuel as the factor influencing their transport mode change.

Meanwhile there's been a fuel price protest reported by the BBC: a  "go-slow protest along the M56 and M53, with lorry drivers, farmers and bikers travelling in 20mph convoys". In common with other motorways there's a 30MPH minimum speed limit, but I dare say these protesters didn't attract any heavy-handed police tactics, unlike the student protests. This demonstration seems a bit late, because the oil price, along with that of other commodities, has suddenly turned south, with the Brent crude benchmark currently trading at $112.47 at the time of writing, down from $125 a week ago.

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