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Petrol retailers call for inquiry into fuel supply crisis

A commerce physique which represents 1000’s of fuel retailers has known as for an unbiased inquiry into the continued fuel supply issues.

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) mentioned that deliveries have been nonetheless far too gradual and that the recovery is “simply not happening quickly enough.” They additionally advised that each motorists and forecourt homeowners want safety to stop the crisis from occuring once more.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson mentioned: “The recovery is simply not happening quickly enough. We are into our 15th day of the crisis.

“There needs to be an independent inquiry into the crisis, so that motorists are protected from such acute fuel shortages in the future.”

The fuel supply crisis was introduced on by a scarcity of HGV drivers and exacerbated by panic shopping for which left pumps going dry.

The issues have been notably acute in London and the South East, the place shortages proceed, in accordance with the PRA.

On Thursday, a PRA survey discovered that 12 per cent of filling stations in London and the South East have been nonetheless dry, whereas 17 per cent had one grade of fuel, and simply 71 per cent stocked each.

The scarcity is being felt much less acutely exterior of London and the South East, in accordance with the survey. In the remainder of the nation 90 per cent of forecourts now have each grades of fuel.

Mr Madderson claimed a return to regular fuel ranges has been “blighted by the current inept prioritisation policy”.

He added: “There is three times the capacity at filling stations per head of population in the rest of the UK compared to London and the South East.”

The authorities has drafted in army drivers to assist with deliveries and on Monday 100 drivers from the armed forces started work serving to to ship fuel.

The majority of the army personnel have been despatched to fuel terminals that service London and the South East.

But it’s anticipated that by the top of this week 150 crews will probably be delivering fuel throughout the UK.

It additionally appeared an unspecified variety of international tanker drivers have utilized for short-term visas to fill a scarcity of HGV drivers.

While the UK authorities has acknowledged there’s a scarcity of HGV drivers within the UK, they’ve claimed the issue is worldwide and advised the long-term answer is for the haulage trade to put money into coaching as an alternative of being reliant on employees from overseas.

Additional reporting by PA

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