Boris Johnson's government has been forced into a U-turn after chaotic scenes at petrol stations
Boris Johnson's government has been forced into a U-turn to tackle the the lorry driver shortage.
Under the law, it is illegal to store more than 30 litres of petrol at home (Picture: Twitter/@nicktolhurst)Some petrol stations are still closed today after a manic day saw stock stretched even further(Picture: PA)The prime minister and transport secretary have previously resisted industry calls for visa rules to be relaxed, with Grant Shapps saying as recently as yesterday morning that seeking to ‘undercut’ the problem ‘with cheaper European drivers’ wouldn’t fix the issue long-term.
It’s unclear if the move will take effect early enough to prevent disruption over the busy Christmas period, a government source toldThe Independent.Panic buying spread across the country on Friday after BP said around 20 of its 1,200 petrol forecourts were closed due to a lack of available fuel, with between 50 and 100 sites affected by the loss of at least one grade of fuel. headtopics.com
A ‘small number’ of Tesco refilling stations have also been impacted, said Esso owner ExxonMobil, which runs the sites.And on Friday the EG Group, which has around 400 petrol stations in the UK, said it was imposing a £30 limit on customers ‘due to the current unprecedented customer demand for fuel’.
Mr Shapps said long-running recruitment problems and labour market changes caused by Covid-19were to blame for the shortages, denying Brexit has played a role.The government is set to bring in temporary measures to boost driver numbers to prevent images like this (Picture: PA)
Industry bosses in the retail and haulage sectors have been calling for visa rules to be relaxed for months (Picture: PA)The UK does not have a shortage of fuel – it just doesn’t have sufficient drivers to transport it (Picture: PA)He also refused to rule out the prospect of the military being called on to transport critical stock.
The director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) called the expected announcement on visas a ‘huge relief’.Tony Danker told BBC Breakfast: ‘We’ve been calling for it for three months we could see this problem coming and more problems coming, and so it’s a shame the government needed queues at the pumps to move, but move I hope they have and it will help.’ headtopics.com
A Downing Street spokesperson said: ‘We have ample fuel stocks in this country and the public should be reassured there are no shortages. Read more: Metro »
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The crisis has begun 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧. What a pity ... 😜 Maybe you remember such headlines in newspapers? 👇👇👇 All bollox started by the MSM Caused by mass media spreading fear and panic including you ? Metro are part of the ScumMedia they caused the petrol panic There is NO Fuel shortage, this is purely down to the Press and MSM creating hysteria, ensuring people panic buy, this is on the ScumMedia
U-Turn after U-Turn NeverVoteConservative Lets not forget the greedy bastard oil companies who have hiked up their fuel prices by 20% when there is NO SHORTAGE OF FUEL AT ALL!!!! It is called an own goal, you saw what you reap, thanks to Brexiteers this chaos could have been avoided.
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Hopefully theurcars will overheat ant they'll explode it would provide some afternoon entertainment whilst getting rid of some r€tards also This is the loo roll debacle all over again. News reports shortages, shows repeated pictures of people panic buying so everyone else panics and goes to get more than they need making the whole situation much worse.
The headline in Daily_Express saying BorisJohnson 'demands a solution ' - thought he was the solution as PM - heaven help us all! Me, my son and partner are disabled and rely on our car to get around and can't put fuel in anywhere near me. Selfish is too kind for these morons, greedy more like. Are they selfish though? If they HAVE to drive to work, & there's a risk they won't be able to get petrol, that's not going to help them.
😂😂😂😂😂😂 I don't even own a car, yet I have filled five jerry cans with petrol. Anything I can do to make things worse, I'll do. I'm only too happy to help.
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Boris Johnson relaxes rules for foreign lorry drivers🔴 NEW: Boris Johnson is set to relax immigration rules for European lorry drivers as queues began to form at petrol stations following warnings of fuel rationing Again more scaremongering.its got to stop .the only problem is panic buying because of story like this So after all we need them more than they need us. 😜 Where’s the Torygraph outrage? Irony and hypocrisy clearly lost on your propaganda rag.
Boris Johnson has '10 days to save Christmas' amid lorry driver shortage chaosSome petrol pumps up and down the land ran dry as motorists started panic buying at the forecourts. And retail chiefs warned Boris Johnson has 10 days to save Christmas most EU countries have HGV driver shortages also.
Don’t panic, folks! Here’s the Boris Johnson guide to surviving the new Winter of Discontent'The Prime Minister urgently needs to allay the public’s fears before panic sets in. And so, when he arrives back in Britain, he intends to deliver the following address to the nation' 👇 | Writes MichaelPDeacon