Panic shopping at UK service stations began a few days ago, with at least two-thirds of them running out of fuel on Sunday night. For this reason, the British government is preparing to suspend competition legislation so that oil companies can negotiate which parts of the country are most important and provide a targeted supply of fuel to petrol stations. It is not excluded that the government will also send troops for transport.
The British Fuel Retailers Association says two-thirds of the 5,500 independent units have already run out of fuel, with the remaining 50-90 per cent. They also warned that the process would be further exacerbated if drivers continued to panic. Secretary of State for Energy Kwazi Quarteng said the government has a contingency plan to maintain fuel supply. “Although there is always a lot of fuel in refineries and terminals, we know there are some problems with the supply chains,” he said.
Crisis erupted last week with milestones lurking at gas stations. The problem is caused by the lack of adequate truck and truck drivers (which has recently disrupted other industries). Panic rushed to the gas stations on the news that there were also problems with the fuel supply. In a joint statement by Shell, ExxonMobile and Greenergy, the supply problem was caused by a sudden increase in demand, not a national fuel shortage.
On Saturday, the government announced the temporary and validity of 5,000 truck drivers carrying foreign fuel and food until Christmas Eve and 5,500 workers to prevent interruptions before Christmas at poultry processing plants. They are trying to attract the one million drivers who have the necessary licenses for heavy trucks. However, according to the British Retail Federation, the number of visas issued is too small to affect the expected disruption at Christmas. (BBC, Daily Mail)
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