In a situation similar to what happened in Arkansas in August, rumors
of a shutdown protest among British truck drivers sparked the public to rush to
fuel stations late on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Prices surged close to $10 a gallon (in U.S. dollars), and as many as
3,000 of the nation’s 10,000 gas stations were forced to close as their pumps
ran dry, according to news reports.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg news
reported that oil companies in the United Kingdom were working quickly to
replenish supplies at the stations on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Earlier in the week, truckers in Britain were threatening to shutdown
as soon as Friday if the government didn’t do something about the rising cost
of fuel, especially in taxes.
British fuel taxes – which account for about 70 percent of prices at
the pump – are the highest in the European Union.
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 Britain on Friday, Sept. 16. The group also said similar protests could
occur on highways surrounding London.
Meanwhile, the rest of the EU is looking for ways to divert similar
protests in their own countries. Bloomberg reported
that protests were planned by truckers in France and Belgium, and by gas
station operators in Italy.