A truck driver missed a job interview because he was an hour late for the interview after 40 eco-fans from Insulate Britain blocked Dartford Crossing this morning.
The father of two lost a chance to become a driver during a period of truck driver shortages in the UK after being held up at the roadblock.
Out of frustration, he was also one of the motorists who dragged seated protesters away.
He said in an interview with LBC: ‘I lost my job interview because of this shit here.
“I’m an hour late because of this fate.
‘I am a truck driver and there is a shortage of truck drivers. None of them [the protesters] work, they are all retired.
“I had an interview this morning, but I’ve been told I’ve lost it because I’m late.
“I have two young children.”
Tensions ran high at the blockade this morning and the driver was waved at the eco-gangsters in frustration.
The protesters rushed onto the road at traffic lights at junction 31 of the motorway at Thurrock on the north side of the Dartford Crossing linking Essex to Kent, and also close to a nearby industrial estate.
But motorists got out of their cars and dragged the protesters off the road while they were still in seated positions, with a man ripping the Insulate Britain banners from their hands.
Other motorists honked their horns, got out of their cars and confronted the seated protesters on the road.
A man tore Insulate Britain banners from protesters, while Essex police made a total of 35 arrests.
The truck driver joined in the mass frustration with other motorists as he dragged protesters off the road
The man expressed frustration at missing a job during a period of truck driver shortages in the country
Another truck driver headed straight for seated disruptors and then got out of the vehicle in frustration.
Another truck driver was filmed bringing his vehicle up to the protesters, another man dragged an activist onto the sidewalk by his backpack, and a mother taking her son to school said she would “drive right through you.”
She said, ‘Get out of the way, get out of the way now. You take the damn p**s. My son has to go to school, I don’t care what the problem is.
“My son is 11, he has to go to school today, so get out of the way and let me take my son to school. Do you think I care? I drive through you. You damn…I’ll drive right through you.’
A woman nearby said ‘carefully, carefully, carefully’, another man heard her begging ‘don’t, don’t’ – and a protester said, ‘Are you going to kill us, are you going to kill us to take your son to school? to get?’
The man was furious about the roadblock, which left him an hour late for an interview for a job as a driver with skip
The truck driver said the protesters don’t have to worry about their work as they are all retired
Near the industrial estate in Thurrock, about 20 protesters blocked the intersection to St Clements Way and London Road, forcing several vehicles, including lorries, to stop and turn around as vehicles fired their horns.
United Road Transport Union (URTU) communications manager James Bower told MailOnline that there are currently problems making trucks more environmentally friendly.
He said: ‘We are in favor of any advancement in scientific technology, but the technology is not quite there yet – vehicles are not ready for that.
“We’ve done research and what will be needed in the future is government investment that will allow those vehicles to drive.
‘We would like to see all road transport electric in the future.’
Mr Bower added that while the protests are “making headlines” and supporting a cause that URTU “fully supports”, the transport sector is not quite there yet.
Map shows where protesters hit traffic this morning (delayed sections shown in red)
GB News reporter Alice Porter, who witnessed motorists pulling protesters off the road, said: ‘I really thought someone was going to be hit, someone was going to get hurt.
“Whether that was one of the protesters or one of the truck drivers, it got so aggressive between the two sides.
“When you saw people literally pulling people on their sleeves and just dragging them down the road…
“It was almost a little scary at times as a bystander watching the whole situation happen. If no one was hurt this time, that’s surprising.’