are threatening a series of slowdowns unless the government does something
about fuel taxes, according to news reports.
British fuel taxes – which account for about 70 percent of prices at
the pump – are the highest in the European Union.
reported that a lobbying group called Less Tax on Fuel was asking the
government to cut the taxes. The group said Welsh truckers would start a
slow-moving convoy in west
on Friday, Sept. 16. The group also said similar protests could occur on
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown is the British counterpart to the U.S.
Treasury Secretary, and he is urging the world’s richest countries to come
together and take measures to stabilize oil prices, according to Bloomberg.
Meanwhile, the rest of the European Union is looking for ways to divert
similar protests in their own countries. Bloomberg reported that protests were planned by truckers in
and by gas station operators in
Governments of various countries are responding to the threats in
is planning to give consumers a rebate of 75 euros if windfall tax receipts
is planning to cut excise taxes on fuel from Sept. 15 to the end of the year.
is also planning a tax cut, and
to reimburse some taxes on home heating oil.