Drivers and hauliers reacted angrily to Gordon Brown’s announcement of an end to the freeze on fuel duty. From today, the price of petrol and diesel has risen by 1.25p a litre, putting average petrol prices up to about 88p a litre.
The freeze, in cash terms, had lasted three years, effectively meaning duty fell in real terms. Even yesterday's inflation increase meant duty effectively remained level.
Andrew Spence, a spokesman for the Fuel Lobby, said plans were already "afoot" among hauliers and farmers to show their anger at the fuel duty rise.
But he added that any future protest would not take the form of the major demonstrations in 2000 which saw oil refineries blockaded.