Twenty years since the fuel protests in pictures

Twenty years ago this week the nation was at the centre of a crisis as protests over fuel prices threatened to grind the country to a halt

Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 4:46 pm
Pumps are dry at a petrol station on garage on Garstang Road, Preston
Pumps are dry at a petrol station on garage on Garstang Road, Preston

In September 2000 a wave of protests of fuel process spread across the nation with blockades at oil terminals, lorries orchestrating go slows to disrupt major roads and panic buying at petrol stations leaving fuel shortages across Lancashire and throughout the country.

Camelot Theme Park's Sir Lancelot gets angry over the closure of the park due to petrol shortages
Lorry drivers lead a go slow protest on the southbound carriageway of the M6

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Protesting at Charnock Richard Services against fuel tax are, from left, Chris Fylan, area manager Road Haulage Association, Malcolm Stewart and Margaret Stewart of MC and MA Stewart Haulage of Coppull
Fuel protesters make their point by holding up traffic on the A59 in Penwortham
Farmers join a go slow convoy on the A59 in Penwortham heading towards Preston town centre
Lancashire taxi drivers join the fuel protests
Panic buying in Blackpool at Morrisons petrol station
Farmers protesting over the fuel crisis in Lancaster
Queues for petrol at Asda, in Fulwood, Preston
Esso petrol station at Preston New Road ran out of fuel
Protesters message to all drivers at the Pointer roundabout, Lancaster
Queues for petrol at the Esso station, Central Drive, Blackpool
Police cars get ready to escort petrol tankers out of the oil refinery at Purfleet in Essex
Police officers form a human barricade to keep protesters from eight tankers which left the Stanlow Oil refinery carrying fuel for essential services
Lancashire lorry drivers joined protests at Stanlow Oil Refinery, in Cheshire