Drivers block roads over rising fuel prices

Thousands of bus, truck and taxi drivers expected to block roads in center of Israel to protest tax on diesel.

cars traffic 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
cars traffic 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Bus drivers, truck drivers and taxi drivers arrived convoys from Haifa, Jerusalem and the South and flooded the Ayalon freeway in Tel Aviv Thursday to protest the rising price of diesel fuel. Large traffic jams and delays were recorded in Tel Aviv and the surrounding areas. Police on Wednesday advised the public to stay away from the area between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m unless absolutely necessary. "Those who do not need to travel on the Ayalon Freeway or the Gush Dan [Tel Aviv and surrounds] area are advised to stay away," said a source in the Tel Aviv Police. "For people who need to travel in the center of the country during the afternoon, we recommend using Route 6 or Route 14 and staying away from the Ayalon Freeway," said the source.