LIVE: Boris says that a petrol scarcity could stretch till CHRISTMAS.
PETROL scarcity could linger until the holidays. Boris Johnson confessed in a shocking interview today.
Mr Johnson also claimed during his interview with Andrew Marr: “What you have right now is a lack of lorry drivers, a shortage of truck drivers that is hurting the entire world – even China is experiencing a shortage of truck drivers.
“In both America and Poland, there is a scarcity.
“We’re making sure we have the extra drivers in case they’re needed.”
In London and the south east of England, petrol has reached a “critical” stage, with experts predicting a hefty 5p price increase.
Some independent petrol stations are robbing customers, according to consumer groups, despite extraordinary demand for fuel, which is scheduled to climb by 5 pence per litre as early as next week.
Photographs appeared on social media on Saturday purporting to show some garages charging as much as 293 pence per litre.
“Some [opportunistic forecourt operators]will utilize the current confusion to gouge drivers even more,” Howard Cox, founder of Fair Fuel UK, said.
While there has been a noticeable improvement across the UK, the Petrol Retailers Association estimates that 16% of forecourts are still without fuel (PRA).
“While more fuel is being delivered to forecourts than is being sold overall,” said Brian Madderson, chairman of the PRA, “the situation remains serious in London and the South East, where many filling stations remain dry.”
According to reports, a Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy internal assessment echoes this prediction, indicating that London and the South East of England remain on a “red list” with stock levels below 20%.
Mr Madderson praised military drivers’ assistance and requested the government to extend the HGV temporary visa deadline to March next year in order to alleviate the crisis.
Army drivers are joining the attempt to refill forecourts today, with the PRA pushing them to prioritize the south east.
After a shortage of HGV drivers prompted supply chain issues, which sparked panic buying, the military action became required.
Thousands of people stood in line for hours to refill their bottles, with tales of violence breaking out in tense queues around the country.
Parts of the country are now seeing the fuel crisis lessen, according to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).
The problem in Scotland, Northern and Central England. “Brinkwire News Summary.”