The president of the Petrol Retailers Association has warned that panic at petrol stations across the UK could leave key workers without fuel.
Brian Maderson told Sky News the crisis is “going to get worse before it gets better” and suggested it could affect emergency services and other “really serious jobs”.
This came after the AA’s president described the supply problems as a “temporary blip”, caused by panic buying rather than a lack of fuel.
Long queues continued at forecourts across Britain on Saturday morning, despite pleas from ministers and police, who urged motorists to be “sensible” to prevent the situation from getting worse.
Some of the UK’s biggest operators have already started rationing fuel, with EG Group setting a limit of £30 per customer at around 400 stations, while pumps were closed at some BP, Esso, Tesco and Shell sites.
The crisis was triggered by a shortage of HGV drivers and the government is now considering lifting visa restrictions to attract 5,000 foreign workers to the country. Although government insiders have told Granthshala It may already be too late to prevent disruption to the Christmas holiday.
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Timelapse footage shows queues for petrol stations
Timelapse footage shows traffic queuing along the A325 towards a shell garage in Farnborough, Hampshire, as motorists continue to fill up their cars amid a fuel crisis.
It also catches a motorist shaking his car in an attempt to get more fuel into his tank.
AA’s president, Edmund King, says panic-buying, rather than supply chain issues, is the driving force of fuel shortages at some petrol stations.
Watch: Timelapse footage shows how long cars queue to reach petrol stations during UK fuel crisis
Timelapse footage shows traffic queuing along the A325 towards a shell garage in Farnborough, Hampshire as motorists continue to fill up their cars amid a fuel crisis. Long queues are seen around the UK, as panic has led to fuel shortages following the announcement of supply problems. In the footage, a motorist can also be seen shaking his car in an attempt to get more fuel into his tank. AA’s president, Edmund King, says panic-buying, rather than supply chain issues, is the driving force of fuel shortages at some petrol stations.
Taxi owner warns panic buying will put those most at risk
A taxi chief criticized panicked buyers, saying black cab drivers were unable to refuel their vehicles and warned that vulnerable people were being left without essential transport.
David Lowry, director of the Manchester-based National Private Hire and Taxi Association, said i newspaper:
“We are in the same situation as toilet roll panic buying at the start of the Covid crisis.
“Not really a real shortage of fuel, but panic buying is creating shortages and people filling up their tanks when they don’t really need fuel – and then some of them are actually booking taxis They make room to preserve their own fuel for the taking.
“What they don’t realize is that for taxi drivers, it’s their life and if they can’t get fuel, they can’t work – and that has a huge impact on the public as well.”
Mr Lowry also warned that if the panic buying crisis continued, taxi drivers would have no choice but to stay home and stop work. They told I:
“Children in need of special education will not be taken to school, the elderly, home-dwellers and the disabled will not be able to leave their homes and vulnerable people will not be able to go out and shop. The problem is not due to lack of fuel but because people are panic buying and some selfish people are filling bins for hoarding.
Journalist helps push a car into a petrol station amid fuel crisis
Footage shows a man pushing his car into a petrol station in Bristol, amid a lack of fuel due to panic, before asking a journalist to record long queues to help him.
The footage had to be partially muted due to the strong language used during the hopeless situation.
Long queues continue to form at forecourts across Britain, while ministers and police urged motorists not to panic but to be “sensible”.
Watch the clip here:
Watch: Journalist helps a car push into a petrol station amid fuel crisis
Footage shows a man pushing his car towards a petrol pump in Bristol, amid a fuel shortage due to panic-buying. The man asks a journalist, who was recording long queues at petrol stations across Britain, pushing a car running out of fuel, for help. The footage had to be muted somewhat due to the strong language used during this hopeless situation. Long queues form on forecourts across the UK, while ministers and police have asked motorists not to panic but to be more “sensible”.
AA: ‘Panic is a buying issue, not a supply chain’
In case you missed it, AA’s president criticized panic buying buyers, saying it was “driving fuel shortages” rather than supply chain issues.
AA (Automobile Association) President Edmund King said bbc breakfast This morning the problem should be gone in a few days if drivers stuck to fill up when needed, “there is a lot of fuel at source” and the lack of lorry drivers was only a “localized problem”. Week.
Meanwhile, Tony Danker, director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said it was “a shame” that queues had to form before the government could act, but described ministers’ expected post-Brexit U-turn on visa rules. did. As “a big relief” to foreign HGV drivers.
Mr Danker told the BBC: “Hopefully it’s going to happen and it’s a big relief. We’ve been asking for this for three months, we can see this problem is coming and more problems are coming, And so it’s a shame that the government needs queues to run at the pumps, but I hope they have and it will help.”
Frustrated customers fight on Esso forecourt
Shocking footage shows a massive brawl erupted as frustrated customers battle on the Esso forecourt amid the UK’s fuel crisis.
This is believed to have started fueling with videos of parents scrambling over the bonnet of the car and little boys fighting on the floor.
After the scrap, the group then helps each other off the floor and pats each other on the back as the audience watches.
Watch: Frustrated customers battle Esso forecourt amid UK fuel crisis
Shocking footage shows a massive brawl erupted as frustrated customers battle on the Esso forecourt amid the UK’s fuel crisis. The brawl is believed to have started with the parents over the car’s bonnet and the little boys fighting on the floor. Scraps, the groups then help each other off the floor and pat each other on the back as the audience watches. Long queues form in forecourts across Britain despite pleas from ministers and police, who urged motorists to be “sensible” to stop aggravating the situation.
Old man misses A&E appointment because of garage queues
A 75-year-old man has told how he missed his emergency appointment at London’s Barnett General Hospital, leading to traffic queues for the nearby Esso garage.
Raymond Cohen, 75, fainted this morning, prompting his wife, Jackie, to take him to the doctor.
Jackie told MailOnline that the queues were “terrible” and were not being handled at all.
Mr. Cohen was told by his doctor to visit A&E, but what should have been a 10-minute trip turned out to be over an hour.
According to reports, he has now reached the hospital and his test is going on.
Twitter continues to shed light on BBC correspondent Phil McCann’s name
A BBC reporter reporting on the national fuel crisis went viral on Saturday.
Phil McCann took to Twitter to shed light on his interesting day, posting an image of him at a petrol station giving a thumbs up.
Later in the day, a social media user pulled together a collage in which sometimes the name of a journalist or expert echoed the topic they are reporting on or their job in general.
Here are the results…
Watch: Long queues at petrol stations across UK amid fuel crisis
Watch: Long queues at petrol stations across UK amid fuel crisis
Long queues were seen at petrol stations across the UK as fuel shortages stemmed from panic after some forecourts announced supply problems resulting from a shortage of HGV drivers. Some of the largest UK operators have already started rationing fuel, with EG Group setting a limit of £30 per customer at around 400 stations, while pumps were closed at some BP, Esso, Tesco and Shell sites. The shortage of HGV drivers has forced the government to now consider lifting its visa restrictions to attract 5,000 foreigners. workers in the country.
Fight broke out at petrol station amid fuel crisis
Tension was rising at a petrol station in Portsmouth this morning…
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