Concerned about the fuel crisis, the British rushed to service stations on Monday. And the “panic buying” effect exacerbated the petrol shortage.
The UK on Monday called on its military to be ready to help with the country’s fuel crisis, with one weekend of troubled Britain rushing to gas stations and leaving many stranded.
“A small number of military tanker drivers must be prepared to intervene and use if necessary to ensure fuel supply,” the energy ministry said in a statement Monday evening.
The petrol shortage in the UK worsened on Monday, under the influence of “panic-buying” from more concerned motorists.
“I should have made five different gas stations” and “my tank is almost dry,” said Lisa Wood, a motorist who waited more than an hour at a gas station near the famous London Bridge in central London.
Tell a driver who wants to go in front of everyone: “Go back to the end of the line, you’re only been there for five minutes!”. Between shouting and swearing, the excited Lisa admitted that “this is not very British”, but “when there is a crisis, you are no longer British”. At another service station east of London, a queue of 50 cars stretched out at 6:30 a.m. Monday, with customers waiting for part of the night.
Concern of medical systems
Across the country, signs of “out of gas” or “out of service” near gas pumps are on the rise, with about 30% of giant PP stations affected by fuel shortages. Some British media outlets have published videos of crashes near pumps for fear of being damaged or unable to go to work.
While medical institutions raise the alarm about the difficulties of those who travel to see their patients, some schools are thinking about switching back to distance education if the problem persists.
According to the PRA, one of the associations of fuel distributors, two-thirds of its members (5,500 independent bases out of a total of 8,000 stations in the country) were without fuel on Sunday, while the rest were “almost dry”. But the association says it expects “normalization of demand and stock normalization in the coming days”.
The crisis that has been going on for almost a week
On Monday, department representatives again wanted to reassure that “British refineries are full of fuel.”
The situation is reminiscent of petrol rations during the energy crisis of the 1970s, or the closure of refineries that shut down the country’s operations for weeks in the early 2000s.
The crisis erupted in the middle of last week after a secret report was leaked to the government from the PP, describing the closure of a few dozen gas stations due to fuel shortages, as a representative of the PA lamented.
Delayed deliveries and supplies are exhausted
Panic purchases immediately began across the country and most gas stations are now affected. Lack of petrol or diesel is initially caused by the lack of truck drivers to carry it from the storage terminals to the pumps.
This problem also affects the shelves of supermarkets, fast food restaurants, taverns, bicycle vendors, etc., causing delays in delivery and shortage of certain items.
The shortage of truck drivers has been lingering for months due to a combined epidemic and Brexit, with workers accusing Boris Johnson’s Tory government of ‘sleeping on the wheel’ and not intervening before.
The locks prompted some European drivers to return to their country, and tens of thousands others were unable to obtain their heavy truck licenses as they had closed their heavy truck licenses for months.
The government denies any influence of Brexit
Brexit also complicates the migration practices that European workers previously circulated freely. However, the government denies Brexit’s impact on the current crisis, saying European countries are also facing driver shortages, but the UK Road Transport Federation said it was making it one of the main causes of the problem, according to a report released last month.
In a bid to find solutions, London on Saturday revised its post-Brexit immigration policy and decided to issue 10,500 three-month work visas to make up for the shortage of truck drivers.
The British Poultry Council welcomes the move, but hopes it will not be too late. PB warns that for its part it will “take time to strengthen supplies to sectors and replenish stocks”.
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