Fuel campaigner slams lobbyists

The campaigner behind this week's motorway demonstrations against fuel tax has blasted industry trade bodies, calling their lobbying eff­orts 'woefully inadequate'.

Lorries: mass protest
Lorries: mass protest

Peter Carroll is one of three organisers at grassroots campaigners Transaction 2007, responsible for the lorry cavalcade that dominated headlines.

'Any lobbying attempts by the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association have failed, or we would not have had to resort to a protest on the ­motorways,' claimed Carroll.

He added: 'The general feeling in my industry is that the FTA and RHA have been woefully inadequate - there isn't even a cross-party group of MPs.'

Carroll said Transaction 2007 may consider taking on the FTA and RHA. 'We could turn it into a modern lobbying organisation, linking with the media and forming bonds with politicians,' he said.

FTA chief economist Simon Chapman said he had 'an enormous amount of sympathy' for Transaction 2007, but that the FTA is against ‘direct action'.

RHA comms officer Kate Gibbs added: 'Peter Carroll is not a member of the RHA and may not be aware of how hard we have been working.'

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