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Protesters drive down the A1 at 30mph over rising fuel prices

Cars drive slowly down the A1. The convoy slowly drove down the A1 to protest rising fuel costs in the UK as petrol prices continue to rise.

More than 1,000 drivers joined the Go Slow protest during Friday’s rush hour (Images: NNP)

Drivers, fed up with how expensive it is to fill up their cars, took part in a “Go Slow protest” to get the government “to sit up and take notice”.

For the first time, it costs more than £100 to fill up an average family car with petrol or diesel.

This, coupled with the current cost of living crisis, has caused much panic among Britons trying to return to normal life after the pandemic.

For example, car enthusiast Jay Garside, 45, from Newcastle, helped organize a demonstration against rising fuel prices during Friday’s rush hour.

More than 1,000 people took part by driving at 30mph – where the speed limit is normally 70mph.

The convoy started in the Northumberland village of Stannington and then proceeded to Wetherby where they met another group and turned back.

Jay said: “Everyone has come together to stand up and do something about fuel prices.

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Organizer Jay Garside, founder of the car enthusiast group Summer Madness, stands next to a car. The convoy slowly drove down the A1 to protest rising fuel costs in the UK as petrol prices continue to rise.

Jay Garside is a car enthusiast from Newcastle who helped organize the protest (Image: NNP)

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people who all feel the same way and want to do something about it. There was even a wagon with a sign that said “Honk for Lower Fuel Prices”.

“People’s support has been brilliant. The car-enthusiastic side of it, that was just us, but when it comes to an issue like rising fuel prices, it affects so many people and people stand together.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people who have told me they can’t afford to fill up their car to get to work.

“So people are working from home or calling in sick because they can’t afford to come to work in the last week. The government will have to sit down and take note.’

Jay believes that the majority of people support his efforts, while a smaller percentage “don’t see the point.”

Cars drive slowly down the A1. The convoy slowly drove down the A1 to protest rising fuel costs in the UK as petrol prices continue to rise.

The protesters wanted their ‘drive slow’ drive to ‘take notice’ of the government (Image: NNP)

Cars drive slowly down the A1. The convoy slowly drove down the A1 to protest rising fuel costs in the UK as petrol prices continue to rise.

The group started in the village of Stannington in Northumberland, headed towards Wetherby and then turned back (Image: NNP)

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in March a 5p cut in the fuel tax as part of the government’s response to the cost of living crisis.

But the rise in average prices for gasoline and diesel has essentially undone that gesture.

Money-saving experts working for Martin Lewis recently shared some fuel-saving tips.

They said one of the easiest ways to pay a little less for gas is to take the time to see which gas stations offer the best prices.

Visit petrolprices.com to find out which gas stations nearby charge the lowest fuel per liter.

This could reportedly save you between £8 and £10 per tank.

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