An estimated 90% of Italian truckers have taken to the streets in protest at rising fuel prices and deregulation of the market.
There have been three major types of protests: filtered barrages on motorways; blockades of motorways and rolling barrages. The strike action is planned to last five days and is likely to seriously affect the 70% of Italian freight that is moved by road. According to La Stampa the strike will cost up to €5bn although the FAI union estimate is €2bn.
There are reports that the entire road network between Rome and Milan is at best reduced to a single lane and mostly entirely at a standstill. Border crossings have been entirely blockaded causing tailbacks in France stretching towards Nice. The tunnels at Fréjus and Mont Blanc are being picketed but are currently still open.