Gasoline retailers have the power to target areas hit by shortages as spirits heat up on forecourt


Fuel retailers will be able to share information with target areas with low supplies following the suspension of competition law to help tackle the crisis at UK pumps.

The announcement of the government’s decision to suspend the law came after Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng met with oil companies and retailers to resolve the issue, which saw queues at gas stations all over Britain and many of them have dried up.

A scuffle at a north London gas station was part of a number of scuffles on the forecourt posted on social media during an episode of “frenzied shopping” sparked when BP feared the driver shortage of heavy goods vehicles could affect fuel deliveries.

Kwarteng has chosen to temporarily exempt the industry from the Competition Act to allow it to share information so it can target areas with low fuel supply.

The outbreak of what is known as the Downstream Petroleum Protocol came when the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) warned that two-thirds of its members, or nearly 5,500 independent outlets, were running out of fuel, the rest of them being “partly dry and up and running. soon”.

Kwarteng said, “We have long-standing contingency plans in place to work with industry so that fuel supplies can be maintained and deliveries can still be made in the event of a serious disruption.

“While there has always been and always has been a lot of fuel in refineries and terminals, we recognize that there have been issues with supply chains.

“This is why we will adopt the Downstream Petroleum Protocol to ensure that the industry can share vital information and work together more effectively to ensure that disruption is minimized.”

Signs are rising at petrol stations across Britain saying there is no fuel available

In a joint statement, companies such as Shell, ExxonMobile and Greenergy also stressed that the supply pressures were caused by “temporary spikes in demand, not a nationwide fuel shortage”.

PRA Chairman Brian Madderson told the BBC the shortages were due to “outright panic buying,” adding that oil companies were prioritizing filling pumps at motorway service stations.

According to The temperature, Boris Johnson is considering whether to send the military to drive tankers to address the current shortage of specialist drivers.

Yesterday (Sunday) Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps refused to rule out the decision, saying: “We will do whatever is necessary.”

The intervention in the fuel crisis comes less than 24 hours after the government announced a temporary visa program to allow 5,000 foreign heavy truck drivers and 5,500 poultry workers in the UK on three-month contracts until Christmas Eve.

But retailers have warned the move to relax immigration rules to address supply chain concerns was “too little, too late” to keep store shelves fully stocked this Christmas.

British Retail Consortium director Andrew Opie asked what store shelves might look like at the end of December, told the BBC: ‘I think we’re going to see less choice, less availability, maybe also a length of time. shorter shelf life, which is really disappointing as it could have been avoided.

“I think it’s inevitable now, just because of the driver shortage, that we can’t get all the products on the shelves that we would have liked.”

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) criticized the “limited scope” of the government’s measures, while Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer suggested ministers should create enough visas to fill the 100,000 vacancies in the transport industry.

Shapps said visas were “just one part” of state intervention, as he admitted efforts to rebuild the national freight workforce could take years.

Nearly a million letters will also land on the doormats of people with heavy vehicle licenses in the coming days, urging them to return to work now that wages have increased.

The government is also keen to see better facilities on UK roads for drivers as it tries to shift the workforce to be predominantly white, male and in their mid-fifties.

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