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The news of fuel shortages: the supply of gasoline by the military envisaged by Boris Johnson

‘No chance’ of return to normal if panic buying continues, says industry chief

The prime minister is reportedly considering bringing in soldiers to deliver fuel to gas stations after a weekend of panic shopping.

Competition law was suspended last night for the fuel industry by Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, to improve communication between suppliers so that they can target areas in need.

Grant Shapps, the secretary of transportation, refused to rule out a request for military assistance to deal with the shortage of tanker drivers. He said the industry was short of “100 to 200” drivers.

The panic fuel buying began after a BP executive expressed concern that the shortage of truck drivers would affect its ability to track fuel deliveries, in leaked comments.

The surge in demand led the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) to warn that up to two-thirds of its members, or nearly 5,500 independent outlets, were out of fuel on Sunday, the rest of them being “partly dry and soon exhausted”.


Word on the street: panic buying

Roland McKibbin, 31, of Beckenham, London, said he was only able to access one of his jobs on Monday after being forced to cancel the rest.

“I rely on fuel to get to work, no fuel means I can’t drive which means I can’t get to work with my tools,” he said.

“So basically the panic buying idiots lost my income and directly took food off the table for my wife and five year old son because unfortunately I can’t wire people’s homes since. my house.

“I wasted about 15 miles of fuel searching, in the end I had to turn around because I was on fumes.”

Mr McKibbin said being unable to travel would cost him “at least £ 200 for the day” while he may also have to cut jobs on Tuesday.

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EU drivers won’t come back to help UK ‘get out of the crap’, says EU boss

Adam forrest a more on the point of view of European workers on the energy crisis:

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Sadiq Khan: We knew that in 2016 Brexit would cause a fuel shortage

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was evident in 2016 that Brexit would lead to a shortage of truck drivers.

He said the government had “kept its eyes on the ball” because they knew a shortage of drivers was imminent. The government knew the industry was struggling to train enough drivers during the pandemic, he said.

Liam jamesSeptember 27, 2021 10:26 AM


Brawl breaks out at petrol station as fuel shortage grips UK | Independent television

Images of a brawl on a London forecourt during a panic-buying weekend:

Watch: Brawl breaks out at gas station as fuel shortage grips UK

A scuffle broke out in the forecourt of a north London gas station over a weekend that saw many people panicking to buy fuel. Thousands of gas stations have dried up amid the frenzy, which saw customers literally fighting for limited stock. At a BP garage near Camden, a scuffle broke out between moped riders as others lined up to refuel. One driver can be seen hitting another, while a third person attempts to swing their helmet in the same direction. Long lines at gas stations are expected to continue, despite government assurances on the supply.

Liam jamesSeptember 27, 2021 10:15 AM


Energy crisis: the trio of financial blows will be hard on single parents, according to Labor

Labor has warned that the combined effects of the Tories’ tax hikes, cuts to universal credit and the energy crisis are a “perfect storm” that is expected to worsen the plight of single-parent families who work £ 1,757.61 a year.

According to Labor calculations, a single parent who works with two children will lose 5% of their income in April due to the government’s decision to freeze personal income tax allowances, increase national insurance and reduce universal credit.

Jonathan Reynolds, Labor and Pensions secretary for Labor, said: “It is not too late for the government to change course, reverse its cut to universal credit and support struggling families this winter. Labor would maintain the increase and replace universal credit.

Liam jamesSeptember 27, 2021 10:07 AM


Some brands have 90% dry gas stations

Some fuel supply brands see pumps run dry at up to 90% of their gas stations, according to an industry straw poll.

Gordon Balmer, executive director of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), said half of the group’s members had dry sites, but a few said almost all of their sites were dry.

The PRA represents independent fuel retailers who now represent 65 percent of all UK forecourt.

Liam jamesSeptember 27, 2021 9:53 AM


EU workers won’t solve UK self-imposed problems, says Dutch trade unionist

Edwin Artema, of the Dutch Federation of Trade Unions, said: ‘The EU workers we are talking to will not go to the UK on a short term visa to help the UK out of the shit that ‘they themselves created.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the regulations protecting drivers “were not worth the paper they are written on because there is no enforcement and no point in enforcing it downstream of the channel. ‘supply”.

“Drivers need more than just a visa and a pay slip.

“A Marshall Plan is needed if all of Western Europe is to bring this whole industry to the surface where it needs to be.”

Liam jamesSeptember 27, 2021 9:36 AM


A tragicomedy about the fuel crisis unfolding on British roads:

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Labor say fuel crisis is due to government immigration policy

The work pinned the fuel crisis on the government’s attitude to immigration.

Rachel Reeves, the fictitious chancellor, said that “most people don’t care whether the truck is driven by a British worker or a foreign worker”.

“What they want to know is that when they get to the gas station, they can refuel their car; when they try to get presents for their children at Christmas, they are going to be delivered; and when they try to order food, it is available in our supermarkets and online deliveries.

She told ITV Hello Great Britain she had met with the Road Haulage Association over the past year to discuss the looming issues.

“The government has ignored these issues, which is why we are now faced with the situation where people go to supermarkets and see shortages of goods on the shelves, and why they line up at gas stations and cannot not refuel, “she said.

Liam jamesSeptember 27, 2021 9:19 AM


Stop panic buying or fuel crisis will continue, says freight boss

Consumers must stop panicking buying to alleviate the fuel crisis as longer-term measures are implemented, said Elizabeth de Jong, policy director of the freight trade association Logistics UK.

Ms. de Jong said the situation could “calm down quite quickly” if people stop panicking and resume shopping for fuel as they usually do.

She told BBC Breakfast: “We are seeing the impact of panic buying, we have been insured through the Petrol Retailers Association and some of the biggest oil companies in the country have assured us there is enough fuel for everyone, but yet we have become very worried and buy and buy and have caused a very big problem.

“I represent and have dealt with the government regarding the general shortage of truck drivers, we have received a number of announcements about increasing testing, funding new visas, so there are problems in the industry and some of them will take a while. to solve, some of them can be solved, so a lot is being done, but we really need to stay calm, just like we did with Covid with rolls of toilet paper, so that this does not continue. “

Liam jamesSeptember 27, 2021 9:06 AM

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