Fuel protests cause traffic queues in Scotland

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Traffic heading into Aberdeen was delayed

Protesters have targeted main roads in parts of Scotland as part of a UK-wide demonstration over the impact of high fuel prices.

Two tractors caused long tailbacks on the A92 heading north into Aberdeen on Monday, and there were also protests at the Kessock Bridge in Inverness.

Fuel prices have risen to record highs in recent weeks.

Police Scotland said it was aware of protests across Scotland and urged motorists to be careful.

The UK government has said that it understands people are struggling with rising prices and have a right to protest, but that people's day-to-day lives should not be disrupted. It also warned that traffic delays "will only add to fuel use".

Figures from data firm Experian showed the average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts hit 191.5p on Sunday.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said he will carefully consider calls for a "more substantial" fuel duty cut, after a 5p per litre reduction implemented in March failed to halt price rises.

Rising fuel prices have been pushed higher by the war in Ukraine, with Russia - one of the world's largest oil exporters - facing sanctions.

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One protestor in Inverness said she wanted prices to come down
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Protest vehicles slowed traffic in Inverness

Protesters are also affecting motorways in England and Wales, where convoys of vehicles have been driving slowly in two lanes on three-lane motorways, leaving the "fast" lane free.

The roads affected have included the M4, the M5 in Devon, the M32 and the M180 in Lincolnshire.

The Aberdeen tractors protest was later also southbound.

Road Policing Ch Insp Lorraine Napier said Police Scotland was aware of protests on motorways and trunk roads north of the border.

'Need people to listen'

"We urge all road users to drive within the speed limits and at an appropriate speed for the road conditions to encourage safe and responsible road use for all," she said.

"Nevertheless, drivers should be aware that journey times could be longer than normal, especially on motorways and trunk roads, and make travel plans accordingly."

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She added that the force would protect the rights of people who want to peacefully protest or counter-protest, balanced against the rights of the wider community.

One protestor in Inverness, who gave her name as Julie, said she was taking part as she wanted fuel prices to come down.

"People are hungry in this country at the moment and we just need people to listen," she said.

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