No fuel shortage Petrol retailer reassures customers not to panic amid shortage
Fuel crisis: Vine caller insists there is no petrol shortage
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Ian from Pembrokeshire, who works as a petrol retailer, has told Jeremy Vine show that “there isn’t a fuel shortage”, saying the “refineries have plenty of fuel”. It came after long queues and closed pumps at some filling stations due to the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK.
Jeremy Vine said: “Give us your coordinates, we’ll be right down there.”
The caller continued: “Many of the panel and many people have come on and they’ve touched on some very key points that has caused a problem with it.
“But the refineries have plenty of fuel.
“For the last year, especially after COVID, we’ve seen demands increased because more people are staying at home. So we have noticed as retailers that the demand is higher.
“So, it has been a little bit of a push because recruiting fresh drivers has been harder.
“But the stable force of good quality drivers that the refineries have- well-paid, well-looked after, nice lorries-drivers are looked after. Many of them are.
“It’s the companies, maybe treat the drivers less well are struggling for drivers.”
Petrol Retailers Association said that “between 50% and 90%” of its members’ forecourts are dry.
However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said tnere was “plenty of fuel” and that he had checked with the six refineries and 47 storage centres in the country.
It comes as there are long queues and closed pumps at some petrol stations.
According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA), the UK needs 100,000 more HGV drivers if it is to meet demand.
The RHA also claims around 20,000 European drivers have left the UK for “Brexit reasons”.
It says the “uncertainty of Brexit and future rights to live and work in the UK” forced many drivers to leave the country”.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has urged the government to relax visa restrictions for foreign workers to ease the driver shortage.
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