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‘Militant cyclist’ lists fuel tax lobbyist’s home as petrol station on Google Maps


As the longstanding boss of the FairFuelUK organisation, which campaigns against tax rises on petrol, Howard Cox is used to criticism from environmentalists and cyclists.

A fuel campaigner has hit out at “puerile and sick” trolls who registered his home address as a Shell garage on Google – prompting him to be besieged by drivers looking for petrol.

“I got 70 phone calls with people saying: ‘Have you got any petrol for sale?’” he said. “I was panicking because my phone didn’t stop ringing and it’s my private home address. They typed in ‘petrol stations near me’ and it came up with a little flag over my house saying ‘petrol station’.”

Howard Cox. See SWNS story SWNNfuel; A fuel campaigner’s home has been besieged by drivers - after pranksters turned it into a Shell garage on GoogleMaps. Howard Cox, the public face of a campaign calling for fairer fuel prices, received more than 70 calls from motorists on the hunt for fuel. The jokers registered his home address in Kent on Google and marked it up as a Shell garage - complete with picture of a forecourt and review. Mr Cox, who fronts FairFuel UK, said: “I got home the night before last and this bloke asked if I had any petrol there.
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He said the reaction on Twitter had given him clues as to who was responsible: “It has to be an environmentalist. The people who are laughing their socks off are mainly cyclists, I’ve blocked a lot of them. If I find him – I’m assuming it’s a him – I’m not quite sure I can control my actions. I’m convinced it’s a militant cyclist.”

It comes as garages across the country were inundated with motorists panic-buying fuel amid concerns of a shortage, despite pleas from the government to carry on as normal.

Cox revealed the situation on Twitter, saying that the prankster had registered his address in Kent and marked it as a Shell garage – even including a picture of a forecourt and a review.

Cox is campaigning against the government’s proposal to ban the sale of new petrol cars from 2030. He claims to have saved motorists £100bn over the last decade in planned tax rises and hikes in fuel duty, after helping to mobilise an extensive database of supporters to lobby the government.

His opponents say his group, which is funded by by the Road Haulage Association and trade organisation Logistics UK, has cost the state money that could be spent on public services and stopped people from choosing more environmentally friendly forms of transport.

“Believe it or not I am pro-cleaning the air and pro-cycling but the militant [cyclists] have attacked me remorselessly over the last couple of years,” said Cox. “I cycle, I’m not a horrible person, I do want to help the environment, I just don’t want drivers to pick up the tab.

“The freedom to drive is an important thing. I’m in a rural community and public transport is very very bad. You need your vehicle.”

He said that it took him two hours to get his address taken off Google Maps and the incident made him reconsider whether he should be running the campaign group from his domestic address. “It has brought it home to me that I might need a PO box,” he said.

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