Timelapse footage shows motorists queuing up for fuel
The government’s plan to recruit 5,000 lorry drivers to tackle Britain’s supply chain crisis has been criticized as “too little, too late” after buying hit petrol stations across the country.
Trade groups said the temporary visa scheme – which extends to 5,500 poultry workers and is due to expire on Christmas Eve – was the equivalent of “throwing a drop of water on the bonfire”.
It came as retailers warned that ministers had just 10 days to save Christmas from significant disruption due to a shortage of 100,000 HGV drivers across the UK.
Motorists were still scrambling to find fuel on Sunday morning as suppliers struggled to meet rising demand. Some ambulance workers and carers have reported difficulties finding fuel over the weekend amid warnings that the situation is “going to get worse before it gets better”.
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Drivers disappointed due to fuel shortage
Motorists are still taking to social media to express their disappointment over the lack of fuel after two days of panic.
The issue first surfaced on Thursday when BP announced it was banning supplies from up to 100 of its 1,200 sites.
Since then several operators, including Esso, Shell and Sainsbury’s, have reported pressure on supply due to rising demand, and Easy Group has imposed a fuel limit of 30 pounds at 400 of its stations.
In total there are over 8,000 petrol stations across the UK.
‘They think it’s the end of the world’: Panic at the pumps
With long queues of motorists at fuel stations across the country, panic buying led to a traffic standoff and chaotic anger yesterday.
There were reports of fights on the forecourt as some suppliers limited supplies due to rising demand.
Some motorists in Edinburgh blamed the media for the scuffle, while others expressed relief at finding petrol stations that were not yet overwhelmed.
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HGV driver visa scheme ‘too little, too late’
Mark Fels, director of the HGV Recruitment Center, has described the plan to grant temporary visas to 5,000 foreign lorry drivers “too little” and “too late”.
He told BBC Breakfast: “Every additional driver coming into the sector at the moment is going to benefit.
“But I think it’s too low, because the numbers coming in, 5,000, 90,000-100,000 are not going to make a huge dent, which we consider to be low.
“And it is too late because we understand that these problems are coming in early April this year, so we are moving to October and only now the government is coming up with these solutions when it is an issue since April. Used to be.”
Business groups say emergency visas ‘inadequate’ to solve supply chain crisis
Last night the government confirmed it would issue temporary visas to 5,000 foreign lorry drivers and 5,500 poultry workers to tackle Britain’s supply chain crisis.
The Transport Secretary said the plan would end on Christmas Eve and also outlined plans to increase the number of HGV tests.
However, business groups criticized the move as “inadequate” to protect Christmas from disruption and compared it to “throwing a drop of water on the bonfire”.
Emergency visas for 5,000 foreign lorry drivers to expire on Christmas Eve
The hunt is on for 5,500 poultry workers to tackle the shortfall – but the visas will only be ‘valid till December 24’.
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