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‘There’s plenty of fuel’: Transport secretary urges motorists to fill up ‘when they need to’


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The transport secretary has said “there’s plenty of fuel” in the country as he urged motorists to only fill up “when they need to”.

Grant Shapps was speaking on Sky News’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday programme as panicked motorists caused lengthy queues at petrol stations for a third day.

A shortage of fuel tanker drivers forced some retailers to shut their pumps and ration sales.

The cabinet minister said: “I think the important thing to know is that within the country, at the six refineries and 47 storage facilities, there is plenty of fuel, there is no shortage of fuel within the country.

“So the most important thing is actually that if people carry on as they normally would and fill up their cars when they normally would, then you won’t have queues and you won’t have shortages at the pump either.

“It is not like we don’t have fuel in the country, we do need to just ensure people are filling up when they need to fill up rather than thinking, ‘I better go and fill up now just in case I need it next week or the week after’.”

He made his comments as business leaders warned a visa scheme aimed at fixing a shortage of HGV drivers “will not be enough”.

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The government is trying to ease supply chain pressures that have triggered panic-buying at the petrol pumps and shops struggling to fill their shelves around the country.

The measures announced so far include:

• 5,000 fuel tanker and food lorry drivers being allowed into the UK from overseas for three months until 24 December

• 5,000 poultry workers being allowed into the UK on the same terms

• Up to 4,000 people in the UK will be trained as new HGV drivers, including 3,000 on free “skills bootcamps” and 1,000 through local courses

• Driving test examiners deployed by the Ministry of Defence to increase testing capacity over the next three months

But the UK has an estimated shortfall of 100,000 HGV drivers, according to the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

 Sky News

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