PANIC’s purchase of gasoline continues today in Somerset.
There are long lines at most outlets, some close even after running out of gas.
Among them was Sainsbury’s Street Garage, which was admitting drivers one at a time this morning until fuel ran out around noon.
The lines at Glastonbury’s neighboring Esso were long as drivers waited to refuel.
In Taunton, there was relief for the waiting drivers as a delivery arrived this midday.
Reader Kathy Aladdin was at the Hankridge gas station when the delivery arrived.
“I arrived around 12:30 pm today,” she said.
“(There was) a small queue of around 10-15 cars, but super organized and polite and friendly staff.
“I filled my car with diesel for my round trip to London.”
It comes after county gas stations were inundated with full drivers yesterday, amid fears of a continuing fuel shortage due to a shortage of delivery drivers.
Meanwhile, the government is expected to announce that it will temporarily lift visa restrictions on foreign drivers, in a bid to be a “short-term solution” to ease pressure on deliveries as Christmas approaches.
The Financial Times and The Telegraph reported that up to 5,000 temporary visas could be granted to heavy truck drivers while the FT also said a similar number would be approved for food processing workers, especially in the poultry industry.
Experts suggest that the industry is in short supply of around 90,000 drivers.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said there was “huge relief” at the prospect of easing the policy on foreign workers allowed into the UK to alleviate the problem.
Managing Director Tony Danker told BBC Breakfast: “I hope this will happen and it is a huge relief.
“We have been asking for it for three months.
“We could see this problem coming and other problems coming, so it’s a shame the government needed lines at the pumps to get around, but I hope so and that will help.”
Labor criticized the length of time it took ministers to sort out the long-term problem.
“It is frustrating that we have come to this point that the government has to do it, because their own policies created this situation that we have in the first place,” Deputy Chief Angela Rayner told the BBC.
“The government needs to tackle this problem, but it has been a long time coming – we know truck and heavy truck drivers are skilled workers.
“It was brewing and the government did nothing about it, and now we are facing this crisis.”
After arriving at the Labor Party conference in Brighton, Sir Keir Starmer told his supporters that the Conservative administration was “letting people down so much” because of food and fuel shortages.
A freight transport boss was skeptical about whether shortages in the sector would be addressed by easing immigration rules.
Toby Ovens, managing director of Broughton Transport Solutions, asked BBC Radio 4’s Today program if such a program could help reduce vacancies. essentially the driver’s salary.
“Transport margins are very tight and the reality is that the money is not there to pay for increased wages without substantial price increases for customers.
People have been seen filling jerry cans with gasoline in images posted on social media.
The forecourt of Esso, BP and Tesco were affected by difficulties in the supply of gasoline.
BP said about 20 of its 1,200 gas stations have been closed due to a lack of available fuel, with between 50 and 100 sites affected by the loss of at least one grade of fuel.
A “small number” of Tesco charging stations have also been affected, said Esso owner ExxonMobil, which manages the sites.
The EG Group, which has around 400 service stations in the UK, said on Friday it was imposing a limit of £ 30 “due to current unprecedented customer demand for fuel”.
The queue scenes come despite No.10 and auto organizations urging the public not to panic.
AA President Edmund King reiterated on Saturday that there is “a lot of fuel at the source” and there is no need to stock up.
When speaking with BBC Breakfast, he said the current lines at gas stations are unlikely to last.
“The good news is you can really only refuel once – you have to use the fuel, so that should be a short-term thing,” King said.
“It’s not like the fuel crises of the past when the supplier was hit by strikes and so on.
“So once people have fueled up, they won’t be traveling more than they normally travel, so that pressure on the system should ease over the next few days.”
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