UK fuel shortage

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  1. Blueflame

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    How are you folks managing this new economic disaster....or is it that bad?
     
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    Typical TV news shows say Dont Panic and what happens they all panic and create a problem that does not exist.
     
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    Usual scenario: Boris' government says don't panic, so everyone panics; Boris' government blames everyone else; Boris is suddenly nowhere to be seen whilst ministers are left to scrabble about to limit the damage:roll:

    Just the normal everyday in Boris' Britain, like the great toilet roll famine last year:lol:
     
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    Posted today on social media by a British haulage company.

    ‘Petrol tanker drivers have an ADR qualification as well as a HGV licence. They need this for them to drive fuel tanker lorries.
    There is a shortage of HGV drivers. That's a true fact.
    However, HGV drivers can't drive a petrol tanker lorry without having an ADR qualification.
    The UK had ADR drivers last week. Nothing changed much in a week. Maybe some holiday or some sickness but not, I doubt a dramatic change.
    The ADR drivers that were driving last week are probably driving this week delivering fuel so nothing changed much.
    The petrol panic we are now experiencing is all down to media hype.
    It's not because of Brexit, because all the EU drivers went back to Europe which is some of the reasons being banded about.
    These EU HGV drivers left months ago, and yet the country was still getting fuel without problems up until today.

    So what's changed? NOTHING !!

    Apart from the disgraceful media hype and scaremongering to make news to sensationalise the fact that a couple of petrol stations were getting a late delivery so they closed temporarily.

    The result of the media scaremongering!!

    Massive panic and chaos by everyone which is now causing a shortage of fuel until the ADR drivers, that we already had delivering fuel a few days ago, can deliver again.
    The media should be fined and penalised, severely for publicising false news and creating the crazy situation that has been going on all today. Disgusting. They should hold their heads in shame.’
     
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    I rode from lincoln to surrey for my mother's 80th, interesting that nearly all the fuel stops on the A1, M11 and M25 had no fuel, panic buyers tend not to travel across country to fill a tank, in the 360 mile round trip I saw only 2 tankers, they were queued to go through the dartford tunnel on my return

    I saw loads of abandoned vehicles getting ferried by breakdown lorries to the services, a bit of a worry

    boris et al also says we won't have a gas shortage through the winter either, watch this space!

    :)
     
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    Seen outside a pub near me.

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    One welsh service station owner reported that he normally sells roughly 20-30,000 litres a week. Last weekend he sold 100,000 litres and then ran out.
     
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    Utter bloody nonsense. Media scaremongering at its worst, making people rush out to buy fuel.

    Thankfully in the far north its business pretty much as usual. Although a few sheep have been fuelling like mad, for the most part people have been sensible.

    Alec.
     
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    While I agree that the media is largely to blame, the Great British Public also shares the blame. No-one is making people rush out to buy fuel.

    I have two cars, both half full of fuel with a range left of about 200 miles each. Last year I did 3000 miles in each, so I have plenty of fuel for a while without rushing out to top up. My neighbour (who is also retired and does little mileage) has topped up both his cars and filled all the cans he can find!

    i wonder how many toilet rolls he has!
     
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    Petrol tankers, dangerous goods vehicles, are allowed through your tunnels ? Good Grief !
     
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    And I thought the toilet roll famine only occurred here in the US…:lol:
     
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    Tankers have to stop & wait till there's a few more of them, then the other traffic is stopped and the tankers are escorted through Dartford tunnel. Maybe not an ideal situation, but safe.

    Re the fuel shortage, there is a problem with HGV drivers with or without ADR, and the shortage is caused by Brexit. But in this case things are very much blown up by press, social media etc. making a slight problem (one or 2 oil companies having a delivery problem) into something massive. I do think the problem would grow slowly as everyone returns to a "normal" life and fuel consumption rises to normal levels, but this is silly panic buying.
     
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    Dartford does have the advantage of being a twin bore tunnel. Both take traffic northbound since the bridge was opened for southbound traffic 30+ years ago. So if anything were to happen there would be long queues to get out of Kent into Essex but at least there would still be a route through.
    There are different height limits for the two bores so some trucks are inconvenienced on the occasions that there is an incident in the larger one. Worst case would be a 125 mile trip around the M25 if they can't go through London for size or pollution / air quality control reasons.
    Regards
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