The Fuel Crisis in the UK

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The ongoing fuel crisis in the UK is expected to have been brought back under control after days of long queues at petrol stations with many running out of fuel. However, the message, as of now, from Simon Clarke who is chief secretary of the Treasury is that the there is now enough fuel.

He told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “That crisis is now absolutely something which is back under control. “More fuel is now being delivered to petrol stations than sold, we’re confident the commercial market can resolve this.”

At the weekend, he said 60% of petrol stations were out of fuel, but as of Wednesday, that was down to 27% and that situation “will continue to improve”. He also confirmed 150 army drivers are still on standby to drive lorries if needed as the shortage has been caused by a lack of HGV drivers, but so far, they have not been used.

Mr. Clarke has also said that there are now close to 4000 provisional HGV licence applications in the system with the government trying to simply find a way to bring the processing time down to below five days.

It is easy to understand however the stress and distress that is being experienced by the public due to this shortage. With many people depending on the fuel to either get to work or heat their homes, the stakes steadily rise as scarcity grows.

There has even been an instance where video footage emerged of a man brandishing a knife at someone who cut the line to get gas during a long wait for fuel. 

PRA executive director Gordon Balmer said forecourt staff were being subjected to a “high level” of physical and verbal abuse from frustrated drivers.

The hope now is simply that there is a going to be a relaxation amongst officials and the communities affected.


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