UK fuel crisis live: prices at the pump hit their highest level in eight years
“I only stand in line because everyone else is,” says motorist amid panicked fuel purchase
The shortage of truck drivers in the UK is a consequence of Brexit and low wages, according to the man expected to replace Angela Merkel as German Chancellor.
Olaf Scholz, head of the SDP, said free movement of workers was a benefit of the EU that the UK had chosen to leave behind.
“We have worked very hard to convince the British not to quit the union. Now they have decided differently and I hope they will deal with the problems that arise from it, ”he said.
Many service stations in the UK remain dry and unions have called on the government to use emergency powers to prioritize key workers for fuel.
The British Medical Association has warned that when the pumps go dry, “there is a real risk that NHS staff will not be able to do their jobs.” The Royal College of Nursing and the Unison and GMB unions also called for priority.
Meanwhile, Edwin Atema, head of the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions, said EU drivers will not come back to help the UK ‘out of the shit’.
He said the 10,000 short-term visas being considered by the UK government would not be enough to tempt drivers.
Fuel delivery drivers voted on possible strike action
A number of drivers at a company that handles fuel deliveries for BP are considering a wage strike.
The pay vote currently affects around 10 workers at the Hoyer Company, Bloomberg reports.
The result will be released on Friday, a spokesperson for Unite, the union, said.
Portsmouth Journal The news reported that Unite members work for Hoyer Petrolog at the BP fuel terminal in Hamble, Hampshire.
Lamiat SabinSeptember 27, 2021 6:46 PM
Surrey Utilities Consider Reporting Major Incident
Surrey County Council Tory Leader Tim Oliver said the option would be considered by the local Resilience Forum, which includes the local NHS and the police, on Monday evening.
He said, “We ran into the same issues as everyone else, so we decide whether or not to declare a major incident that would give the forum the power to prioritize key workers.
“We have access to fuel supplies that we can designate for priority workers so social workers can receive a card that allows them to access those supplies.
“We also have our own electric vehicles, so our role would be to coordinate this activity so that people who need to travel can do so. “
Alastair JamiesonSeptember 27, 2021 6:17 PM
Some prison guards unable to get to work – union
Prison officers cannot work due to the shortage of fuel at gas stations.
Mark Fairhurst, the national president of the Prison Officers’ Association (POA), said he was receiving reports that workers were unable to report to crews because they could not get fuel and called for this that the matter be dealt with “urgently”.
On Twitter, he said: “Getting reports that staff cannot get to work because they have no fuel and are unable to refuel anywhere.
“No contingency in place and no desire from the government to resolve this issue. If we can’t put staff on duty, we can’t unlock. This needs to be dealt with urgently. “
The PO union represents prison guards and the staff of penitentiary and secure psychiatric establishments.
Lamiat SabinSeptember 27, 2021 6:00 PM
Interest in electric vehicles grows during fuel crisis
Electric vehicle (EV) companies are seeing the number of claims increase by more than half amid the fuel-buying panic crisis.
Online searches rose 56% on Sunday, September 26 alone, according to data from the carwow auto market.
Searches for electric vehicles on the site increased 28% on Friday September 24 from the previous week and 43% on Saturday September 25.
Sepi Arani, director of commerce at carwow, said: “The fuel supply crisis and panic scenes at the pumps could prove to be the most influential switching event of all time, with more people than ever considering going electric.
“The demand levels for electric vehicles via carwow this weekend have been completely unprecedented and are real proof that more and more people want to make the switch.
“After a weekend of queuing, frustration and hysteria, having the opportunity to charge your vehicle in the comfort of your own home or from a public charging station, seems to be a joy for more in addition to people. “
Lamiat SabinSeptember 27, 2021 5:40 PM
Fuel levels will return to “normal in the next few days” – industry
The UK fuel industry has issued a joint statement saying it expects fuel supplies to return to ‘normal’ in the coming days.
The statement comes from companies such as BP, Shell and Esso.
The statement released by the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “There is a lot of fuel in UK refineries and terminals, and as an industry we work closely. working with the government to help ensure fuel is available for delivery to stations across the country.
“As many cars now contain more fuel than usual, we expect demand to return to normal levels in the coming days, easing the pressure on gas station forecourts. We encourage everyone to buy fuel as usual.
“We remain extremely grateful to all of the forecourt staff and heavy truck drivers for working tirelessly to maintain supplies during this time.”
Lamiat SabinSeptember 27, 2021 5:20 PM
Some gas stations should be reserved for key workers – Khan
Sadiq Khan calls at designated gas stations for key workers and taxi drivers.
The mayor of London is pressing the government to reserve gas stations for essential workers, the BBC reports, amid the ongoing panic buying of petrol and diesel.
He said: “During the fuel crisis of September 2000, the government introduced rules designating specific service stations for essential workers, allowing the capital to keep moving. “
It comes after four unions – GMB, Unison, Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association – said the government should allow priority access to fuel for essential workers, especially those in the health and care sectors.
Lamiat SabinSeptember 27, 2021 5:00 PM
Fuel crisis could force schools back to distance learning
Schools could be forced to close and move online classes as the oil crisis worsens, school leaders have warned.
Thomas kingsley has the full report
Lamiat SabinSeptember 27, 2021 4:40 PM
Bedfordshire NHS organization held emergency meeting after staff ran out of fuel
At least one NHS organization has suffered from a staff shortage due to the fuel crisis, doctors’ advocacy group EveryDoctor has said.
A Bedfordshire hospital consultant told the group, which represents 1,700 doctors: “We had an emergency discussion this morning. Two consultants from our department are absent and cannot get to work. Two more in reserve. All four gas stations within four miles of our hospital are closed without fuel. “
Liam jamesSeptember 27, 2021 4:21 PM
“People think we make a lot of money – we don’t”: gas station manager speaks out
Yasser Ahmed, who runs a gas station in West Drayton with his father, said his four-pump station consumed 30,000 liters of fuel – the amount she would typically sell in an entire week – in just two days.
“It is absolutely not normal,” he said.
“Yesterday we didn’t open, we wasted a whole day yesterday, today dad is here, only because we have a lot of regular customers from the local community who go to work and want their coffee first. morning.
“This is the only reason we opened up. We don’t sell anything indoors, our store sales have plummeted.
“People are saying on social media that gas station owners are doing very well and making a lot of money – they are not. We make our money from in-store sales, and they’re gone.
Liam jamesSeptember 27, 2021 4:08 PM
Shell to take over customers from collapsed Green company
Shell Energy will take 255,000 former customers of Green, one of the latest in a series of small energy suppliers to go bankrupt in the past month.
Ofgem, the energy watchdog, has been forced to find new suppliers for more than two million energy customers in the past month after rising gas prices caused the collapse of seven small suppliers.
There should be no disruption in the energy supply to customers during the transfer, Ofgem said.
Liam jamesSeptember 27, 2021 3:50 PM