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West Gate Bridge, Melbourne, blocked by trucks protesting fuel costs

Melbourne traffic chaos as convoy of truckies furious at the soaring cost of petrol crawl over the West Gate Bridge

  • A convoy of about 100 trucks blocked Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge during rush
  • The truck drivers are protesting fuel costs and calling for a government fuel levy 
  • The truckies travelled between 15km/h to 20km/h causing massive traffic delays
  • Rush traffic was reportedly backed through to Boundary Road, about 25km away

Frustrated truck drivers have blocked a major Melbourne highway to protest rising fuel prices, claiming they’re ‘lucky to make $60 profit a day’.

On Wednesday morning a convoy of about 100 trucks drove across Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge, travelling between 15km/h to 20km/h, causing peak-hour traffic chaos from 8.30am.

‘It’s having a big knock-on effect,’ Chris Miller from the Department of Transport said.

A convoy of about 100 trucks drove across Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge causing peak-hour traffic chaos on Wednesday morning

The trucks, travelling between 15km/h to 20km/h, reportedly caused a 25km-long traffic delay during Wednesday's morning peak-hour

The trucks, travelling between 15km/h to 20km/h, reportedly caused a 25km-long traffic delay during Wednesday’s morning peak-hour

‘We’ve got queues back up onto the ring road that go as far back as Boundary Road, and back out onto the Princes Freeway with queues back out to Laverton.’

The convoy is set to travel through to the Victorian State Parliament and then circle the city several times during the city’s busy morning rush.

Victorian Tippers United Treasurer and convoy driver Ricky Woolcock claimed the government promised they would introduce a fuel levy three months ago.

Victorian Tippers United Treasurer Ricky Woolcock, who took part in the convoy on Wednesday, said truckies are 'lucky to make about $60 of profit a day'

Victorian Tippers United Treasurer Ricky Woolcock, who took part in the convoy on Wednesday, said truckies are ‘lucky to make about $60 of profit a day’

‘Our fuel is up to 50 or 60 per cent of our costs, and they’ve stuck us out to dry so we’ve decided to come for a drive into the city to show them we need this done,’ he told 3AW.

‘They’ve fixed our rate so we can’t gain any extra money back for the extra expenses.

‘Most guys at the moment are lucky to make about $60 of profit a day.’

The convoy reportedly caused a 25km-long traffic backup.

Last September a total of 15 truck drivers copped fines for attempting to block a Melbourne highway in protest of Covid vaccine mandates.

The eight trucks had planned to block the Westgate Bridge and drive through to the Melbourne Airport at 20km/h but were stopped by police.

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