Russian truck drivers have been protesting across the country, and one of their leaders says hundreds of trucks are now heading toward Moscow to press their demands.

The truck drivers, many of whom own and operate their own vehicles, are protesting the introduction of a hefty road tax for long-distance haulers.

They say the new tax represents a heavy burden and they have little faith that the money will go toward maintaining Russia's notoriously bad roads.

Alexander Rastorguyev, one of the leaders of the protesting drivers in St. Petersburg, said Sunday that more than 200 trucks are driving toward Moscow and are to be joined by others along the way.

They plan to take part in a demonstration on the outskirts of Moscow on Monday.