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LONDON – News agencies: The rush to buy motor fuel continued in the UK yesterday and Monday.
The Petroleum Traders Association announced on Sunday that half of the UK’s 8,000 stations were running out of fuel, with drivers queuing up to fill their tanks.
Brian Maderson, president of the association, said the shortfall was due to “merely the urgency to buy fuel”, while members of an association representing independent fuel distributors, which make up 65 percent of all British distributors, said they had exhausted 50 to 90 percent of what was available in some areas.
“Unfortunately, we are seeing panic-stricken purchases of fuel in many parts of the country,” said Palmer, the association’s managing director.
During the emergency, British Commerce Secretary Quasi-Quarting said he would end competition laws in the oil sector, assuring suppliers to “share vital information and work together more effectively to ensure disruption is minimized”.
British media have reported that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering the possibility of calling in the military to supply fuel to the country’s stations. British ministers insist Brexit’s exit from the EU has nothing to do with the current drivers’ crisis. The measures taken against Govt-19 failed to test 40,000 drivers in Britain.
When asked about the matter over the weekend, Transport Secretary Grant Shops refused to refuse to receive assistance from the military.
The shortage of truck drivers affects many sectors, including the food sector, however German supermarket Aldi stressed yesterday that it has no problem getting supplies to its many UK branches.
In turn, the giant oil company “Shell” confirmed that it “works hard to ensure that it delivers goods to customers”. “Since last Friday, we have seen higher than usual demand in our network, which has led to shortages of certain types of fuels,” it said in a statement. We restart these categories quickly, usually within 24 hours. “Fuel problems in the 1970s were reminiscent of the situation that reduced the working week to three days and caused fuel rations.
It is also reminiscent of the late 2000s, when oil refineries were besieged by protesters due to high fuel prices, which paralyzed life in the country for almost a week.
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