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‘I’m only queuing because everybody else is’, says motorist amidst fuel panic buying The lorry driver shortage in the UK is a consequence of Brexit and low wages, according to the man set to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor. Olaf Scholz, leader of the SDP, said the free movement […]

‘I’m only queuing because everybody else is’, says motorist amidst fuel panic buying

The lorry driver shortage in the UK is a consequence of Brexit and low wages, according to the man set to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor.

Olaf Scholz, leader of the SDP, said the free movement of labour was an EU benefit that the UK had chosen to leave behind.

“We worked very hard to convince the British not to leave the union. Now they decided different and I hope they will manage the problems coming from that,” he said.

Many petrol stations around the UK remain dry and unions have called on the government to use emergency powers to give key workers priority for fuel.

The British Medical Association warned that as pumps run dry “there is a real risk that NHS staff won’t be able to do their jobs”. The Royal College of Nursing and the Unison and GMB unions also called for priority.

Meanwhile, Edwin Atema, leader of the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions has said that EU drivers will not be returning to help the UK “get out of the s***”.

He said the 10,000 short-term visas that the British government was considering would not be enough to tempt drivers.


Army to be mobilised as a precaution to ease fuel delivery issues

Ministers are expected to begin mobilising the army as a precaution to ease the petrol delivery crisis, according to government sources.

The move, which follows the temporary suspension of competition law to help oil firms co-ordinate supplies, is expected to be announced within the next hour.

Alastair Jamieson27 September 2021 21:03


Non-league football games postponed because of fuel fiasco

Dozens of non-league fixtures have been postponed due to lack of fuel, as a result of HGV driver shortages and panic-buying.

Several fixtures scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in the Isthmian League and Southern League, both of which cover parts of southern England in the tier below the National League, have been called off.

The entire programme in the Southern Combination Football League has also been postponed.

Bognor Regis Town said they had wanted their fixture against Leatherhead to go ahead but the Tanners chose to postpone.

Bognor Regis general manager Simon Cook said on the club’s website: “It’s incredibly frustrating because it’s not the longest drive at around an hour and 20 minutes but once the league gave clubs the option to call off games then I suppose we could have predicted that some would do exactly that.

“The ironic thing is that we are still planning to travel to Leatherhead on Thursday for the young Rocks’ FA Youth Cup tie – and currently if we were to pull out of the game we would forfeit the game.”

Lamiat Sabin27 September 2021 20:50


Hundreds of cars broke down due to drivers pumping wrong fuel

At least 250 people have had their cars break down over the weekend after putting the wrong fuel in amid the shortage at petrol stations, according to the AA.

The motoring association said it has had an increase in calls from drivers whose cars broke down after they put petrol in diesel cars or diesel in petrol-run cars.

The AA received about 250 of such calls over the weekend while they usually receive tens.

Lamiat Sabin27 September 2021 20:20


Lorry drivers from overseas not expected until late October

HGV drivers from abroad are not expected to arrive in the UK until late next month, according to a report by the i newspaper.

The first of the 5,000 drivers to be offered temporary three-month work visas are not to arrive until at least the end of October, according to Home Office sources quoted in the report.

This means that the extra drivers are expected to be in force in time for Christmas deliveries, but not by Halloween.

A Home Office source told i : “Recruitment is beginning in early October, and we expect the first drivers will arrive at the end of the month.

“This is not just open to EU drivers. It’s a global scheme. So, we do think there will be much wider interest.”

Lamiat Sabin27 September 2021 19:50


Fuel shortage ‘poses no risk to ambulance services’

Ambulance trusts across England have said there is currently no risk to their services with some having reserves of fuel that could last as long as several weeks.

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives said it backed the idea of prioritising fuel for staff but said there was no wider problem that would affect 999 responses.

It comes after four unions – British Medical Association, Royal College of Nursing, Unison, and GMB – called on the government to allow health and care workers to have priority for fuel at petrol stations so that they can travel to and from work.

Health correspondent Shaun Lintern reports

Lamiat Sabin27 September 2021 19:30


Police urge public not to call them about petrol station congestion

Police forces have appealed for motorists to stop calling them to complain about queues at petrol stations.

Essex Police said it has received more than 100 calls about traffic around petrol stations since Friday.

“We know it’s frustrating but unless there’s a collision or a crime has been committed, being stuck in traffic isn’t a reason to call us,” a spokesperson added.

“We’d also urge people not to abuse staff at petrol stations.”

Home affairs correspondent Lizzie Dearden has the details

Lamiat Sabin27 September 2021 19:10


Fuel delivery drivers balloted over possible strike action

A number of drivers at a company that handles fuel deliveries for BP are considering strike action over pay.

The vote over pay currently affects about 10 workers at the firm Hoyer, Bloomberg reports.

The result will be out on Friday, a spokesman for the Unite the union has said.

Portsmouth newspaper The News reported that the Unite members work for Hoyer at the BP fuel terminal in Hamble, Hampshire.

Lamiat Sabin27 September 2021 18:46


Public services in Surrey consider declaring major incident

Surrey County Council’s Conservative leader Tim Oliver said the option will be considered by the local resilience forum, which includes the local NHS and police, on Monday evening.

He said: “We have been experiencing the same problems as everyone else so we are deciding whether or not to declare a major incident which would give the forum powers to prioritise key workers.

“We have got access to fuel supplies which we can designate for priority workers so social workers can be given a card which enables them to access those supplies.

“We have also got our own electric vehicles so our role would be to coordinate that activity so those people who need to travel can.”

Alastair Jamieson27 September 2021 18:17


Some prison officers unable to get to work – union

Prison officers are unable to get into work because of the shortage of fuel at petrol stations.

Mark Fairhurst, the national chairman of the Prison Officers’ Association (POA), said he was receiving reports of workers being unable to turn up for shifts because they cannot get any fuel and called for the matter to be addressed “urgently”.

On Twitter, he said: “Getting reports of staff being unable to attend for duty because they have no fuel and unable to fill up anywhere.

“No contingencies in place and no desire from Government to address this. If we can’t get staff on duty we can’t unlock. This needs to be addressed urgently.”

The PO union represents prison guards and staff at correctional and secure psychiatric facilities.

Lamiat Sabin27 September 2021 18:00


Interest in electric vehicles spikes during fuel crisis

Electric vehicle (EV) companies are seeing the number of enquiries soar by more than half amid the fuel panic-buying crisis.

Searches online increased by 56 per cent on Sunday 26 September 26 alone, data from car marketplace carwow shows.

Searches for EVs on the site increased by 28 per cent on Friday 24 September compared with the previous week, and 43 per cent on Saturday 25 September.

Sepi Arani, director of trade at carwow, said: “The fuel supply crisis and the scenes of panic at the pumps could prove to be the most influential switching event ever, with more people than ever considering switching to electric.

“The levels of demand for EVs through carwow this weekend have been completely unprecedented and are genuine proof that more people want to make the switch.

“After a weekend of queuing, frustration and hysteria, having the option to charge your vehicle from the comfort of your own home, or from a public charging point, seems like bliss for more and more people.”

Lamiat Sabin27 September 2021 17:40


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