The Road Haulage Association (RHA) chief executive Geoff Dunning has hit out at retailers opting to raise the price of diesel, following recent unrest among tanker drivers.
Threats of strike action from drivers over the past month have led many retailers to push up the current price of diesel, in a bid to reap even greater profits from UK-based haulage firms.
However, these plans have been met by strong resistance from Mr Dunning, who hit out at the increase as the latest expense for haulage drivers already facing MOT bills and the cost of regularly maintaining truck tyres.
The haulage industry leader revealed that profit margins on diesel had risen to around 7.4 pence per litre in the wake of the price hike, which could leave businesses further out of pocket.
"The predatory pricing by retailers is a severe blow the economy and, of particular concern to the RHA, to smaller hauliers who do not have their own bulk fuel supplies but make payments linked to forecourt prices," he said.
The RHA noted that it was considering referring forecourt pricing to the Office of Fair Trading.