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HALIFAX, N.S., FREDERICTON, N.B. -- A section of the Trans-Canada Highway in both provinces was to be blockaded tod...


HALIFAX, N.S., FREDERICTON, N.B. — A section of the Trans-Canada Highway in both provinces was to be blockaded today beginning at 7 a.m.

Atlantic truckers have pledged to take their rigs off the road to protest skyrocketing fuel prices, insurance premiums and haulage rates.

Brian Currie, spokesman for Truckers for Justice, says he has spoken with about 300 truckers across Nova Scotia this week about joining forces to protest steep fuel hikes. This new association wants the government to know how rising fuel costs are affecting the drivers.

“People are going home and parking their trucks,” he said. “We’re in dire straits. Every day that goes by there’s going to be small businesses shutting down.”

Truckers will not stop traffic but hope all operators will show their support by pulling off the road.

Doras Stennick, of the Southern New Brunswick Trucking Association, says he plans to stay parked on the side of the road around the clock until the province steps in to do something to reverse the increases.


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