Fuel crisis UK – live: ‘Many will go without petrol', trade body warns as panic-buying worsens shortages

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Key workers could go without fuel because of panic buying at petrol stations across the UK, the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association has warned.

Brian Madderson told Sky News the crisis is “going to get worse before it gets better” and suggested it could affect the emergency services and other “really serious jobs”.

It came after the president of the AA described the supply problems as a “temporary blip” caused by panic buying rather than fuel shortages.

Long queues continued to form at forecourts across the UK on Saturday morning despite pleas from ministers and police, who urged motorists to be “sensible” to prevent exacerbate the situation.

Some of the largest UK operators have already started to ration fuel, with EG Group setting a limit of £30 per customer at nearly 400 stations, while pumps at some BP, Esso, Tesco and Shell sites were closed.

The crisis was sparked by the shortage of HGV drivers and the government is now considering lifting its visa restrictions to attract 5,000 foreign workers in to the country. However government insiders have told The Independent it might already be too late to stop disruption to the Christmas holiday.

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Key Points

  • ‘A lot of people are going to go without fuel’, warns trade body
  • Hundreds of petrol stations set £30 fuel limit amid panic-buying
  • Petrol crisis only a ‘temporary blip’, says AA president
  • U-turn on lorry driver visas ‘too late to avoid Christmas disruption’
  • BBC reporter Phil McCann trends on Twitter after reporting on fuel crisis

Frustrated customers fight on Esso forecourt

18:11 , Sam Hancock

Shocking footage shows the moment a massive brawl breaks out as frustrated customers fight on Esso forecourt amid UK fuel crisis.

It is believed to have started over fuel with video showing parents scuffling on the car bonnet and the younger boys fighting on the floor.

After the scrap, the group then help each other off the floor and pat each other on the back as onlookers watch on.

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Watch: Frustrated customers fight on Esso forecourt amid UK fuel crisis

Elderly man misses A&E appointment because of garage queues

17:54 , Sam Hancock

A 75-year-old man has told of how he missed his emergency appointment at Barnet General Hospital in London thanks to traffic queueing for the nearby Esso garage.

Raymond Cohen, 75, had felt faint this morning, prompting his wife, Jackie, to drive him to see a doctor.

Jackie told MailOnline the queues were “horrendous” and were not being controlled at all.

Mr Cohen was told to visit A&E by his doctor, but what should have been a 10-minute journey ended up taking over an hour.

He has now made it to the hospital and is having tests, according to reports.

Twitter continues to make light of BBC reporter Phill McCann’s name

17:16 , Sam Hancock

A BBC reporter went viral on Saturday while reporting on the national fuel crisis.

Phil McCann took to Twitter to make light of his interesting day, positing an image of him at a petrol station giving the thumbs up.

Later on in the day, a social media user pulled together a collage of some of the times a journalist or expert’s name has echoed the subject they’re reporting on or their job in general.

Here are the results…

Phil McCann is now in this very specific & rare hall of fame pic.twitter.com/vs09B83il1

— claire. (@blissfulfiction) September 25, 2021

Watch: Long queues at petrol stations across UK amid fuel crisis

17:01 , Sam Hancock

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Watch: Long queues at petrol stations across UK amid fuel crisis

Fight breaks out at petrol station amid fuel crisis

16:44 , Sam Hancock

Tensions were running high at a petrol station in Portsmouth this morning as motorists headed en masse to stock up on fuel.

Two groups of men began “screaming” at each other before one group chased another trying to make a quick getaway in a van, according to reports.

The incident happened at around 8.30am in Hilsea.

“People were queuing throughout the night. Pumps are almost dry,” a witness told Sky News.

After the men began shouting at each other, he said: “One group got into their van and drove off out of the city as the other group gave chase and hurled stones at the retreating van. It’s utter madness.”

Government ‘letting people down’ over fuel crisis, says Starmer

16:28 , Sam Hancock

Keir Starmer accused the government of ‘letting people down so badly’ over the fuel crisis as he arrived at Labour Party conference.

The Labour leader told reporters: “I’ve just been up the road (and seen) three petrol stations, one of them with a massive queue and two of them with no fuel. So this is our opportunity to set out the alternative”.

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Watch: Keir Starmer attacks government over energy crisis as Labour conference begins

Tory MP claims Brexit is reason HGV visa change can occur

16:26 , Sam Hancock

Dr Liam Fox, who was a staunch supporter of Brexit, has urged the government to move ahead with visa changes that would let thousands of EU lorry drivers work in the UK amid the HGV driver shortage.

The UK’s divorce from the EU has been partly blamed for the lack of lorry drivers, so Dr Fox’s claim that Brexit is what will allow the visa rule change is probably going to ruffle a few feathers.

The ability to issue more visas if and when our economy needs them is exactly what “taking back control” was about. Of course we should do it!

— Dr Liam Fox MP (@LiamFox) September 25, 2021

Ambulance workers join queues for fuel amid panic buying

16:12 , Peter Stubley

Ambulance workers have reported struggling to find fuel for their vehicles because of panic buying at the pumps.

One emergency care assistant tweeted: “To everyone that panicked and went to fuel their cars when it wasn’t needed, well done on shift on an emergency ambulance, low on fuel and struggling to find somewhere that isn’t sold out.”

Another posted on Facebook that they had to go to five garages before refuelling.

Yesterday South Central Ambulance issued a tweet – since deleted – urging motorists not to rush to petrol stations to fill up.

“Every day our teams routinely use petrol stations to refuel vehicles so that we can continue to get to our patients, and, like many, continue to get to work,” the service said.

“Today they have joined the queues with others to refuel which on some occasions has taken time.

“Please could we encourage everyone to follow government advice and only refuel should you need to.”

To everyone that panicked and went to fuel their cars when it wasn’t needed, well done👍🏻 on shift on an emergency ambulance, low on fuel and struggling to find somewhere that isn’t sold out😡 pic.twitter.com/mvZ31w46jn

— Becky (@beckylouh11) September 24, 2021

Just seen this on Facebook and if there isn’t already enough reasons why you shouldn’t panic buy petrol – imagine you have to phone an ambulance for a relative but and getting told they can’t get to you cos they have no petrol 🙂🙂🙂🙂 pic.twitter.com/4uYhpuFeVj

— Bek (@bekahduce_) September 25, 2021

Video: Customer confronts petrol station worker amid fuel crisis

15:54 , Peter Stubley

Video footage shows the nasty moment an argument flares up between a Londis petrol station worker and an angry customer amid the current fuel crisis in the UK.

The customer can be seen shouting at the member of staff before storming off to his car.

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Watch: Customer antagonises Londis petrol station staff amid fuel crisis

‘A lot of people are going to go without fuel’, warns trade body

15:21 , Peter Stubley

The fuel crisis ‘is going to get worse before it gets better’, according to the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association.

Brian Madderson told Sky News that “a lot of people are going to go without fuel” as a result of panic buying.

“This could be emergency services, it could be deliveries to supermarkets, it could be NHS workers, doctors, firemen, people who have really serious jobs that need 24-hour requirements for fuel,” he said.

“I think this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.”

He blamed the crisis on a government leak to the media about BP’s decision to restrict fuel deliveries to around 100 sites (out of a total of 1,200) due to HGV driver shortages and low stock levels.

“That leak to a broadcaster has brought about the quite catastrophic situation we’re now in where there is panic buying,” said Mr Madderson.

Brian Madderson, the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, says he believes “this situation is going to get worse before it gets better”

Read the latest on the petrol driver shortage: https://t.co/ZTEwFqbFXE pic.twitter.com/WdXSe16ii3

— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 25, 2021

Tempers flare amid petrol panic buying

15:08 , Peter Stubley

Fights have broken out at petrol stations as motorists queue for fuel, according to unconfirmed reports on social media.

Witnesses told Portsmouth News that two groups of men clashed on a Shell forecourt in Hilsea, ending with one group chasing the other and throwing stones at their van.

A Twitter user also told how a fight broke out after fuel ran out at a garage, describing the scene as “Post Brexit Wild West”.

father & son v father & son battle broke out at a petrol station last night 😳😳 this fuel situation is getting to people! Madness pic.twitter.com/udUxDkQDWI

— London & UK Crime (@CrimeLdn) September 25, 2021

Demand continues today…https://t.co/LnWSNmpIwr

— The News, Portsmouth (@portsmouthnews) September 25, 2021

I’m now officially in post-Brexit wild-West. No HGV drivers, no petrol: queued most of the morning for petrol. Got near the front and they said none left. Man behind me was furious and started punching the guard. Became a melee of 8-10 men on the ground, punching and kicking

— Danny Altmann (@Daltmann10) September 25, 2021

“There is no shortage,” says Asda

14:33 , Peter Stubley

Asda has also sought to reassure motorists by pointing to “increased demand” from customers as the main issue behind any supply problems.

“There is no shortage, but increased demand from customers rushing to fill up means that the main issue is keeping up with that and refuelling the tanks at stations,” a spokesperson for the supermarket told Sky News.

“None of our stations have closed other than temporarily to refuel.”

Morrisons and Sainsbury’s also said they were working to maintain supply.

© Provided by The Independent An aerial view of the queue at an Asda petrol station in east London (AFP via Getty Images) 14:08 , Peter Stubley

One of those queuing for petrol is ITV reporter Paul Brand, who says he has spent the whole morning looking for fuel because he only has six miles left in the tank.

“It’s getting pretty rowdy,” he says from the scene in Hanwell, west London. He adds: “We are not panic buying, just on empty trying to get to an appointment!”

Only one pump left operating at this petrol station in Hanwell. It’s getting pretty rowdy. Man on the till reckons there’s enough left for 50 cars. I think we’re probably about number 50 in the queue 😬 6 miles worth of petrol left in the tank and half of our Saturday gone. pic.twitter.com/OCTTntYzNT

— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 25, 2021

Starmer hits out at government over fuel crisis

13:43 , Peter Stubley

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer referred to the petrol crisis as he arrived at the party conference in Brighton.

He told supporters that the Conservative government was “letting people down so badly” over shortages of food and fuel.

“I’ve just been up the road (and seen) three petrol stations, one of them with a massive queue and two of them with no fuel,” he added.

Brighton ready. #Lab21🌹 pic.twitter.com/CqrojbVyW7

— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) September 25, 2021

Essex Police call for ‘calm’ at petrol stations

13:25 , Peter Stubley

Essex Police says it received more than 100 calls over the last 24 hours from motorists stuck in traffic queuing for petrol.

The force added: “We know it’s frustrating but unless there’s a collision or a crime’s been committed, being stuck in traffic isn’t a reason to call us. We’d also urge people not abuse staff at petrol stations.”

Chief Superintendent Jenny Barnett said: “Thank you to the majority of you for buying fuel when you need it and being calm and considerate.”

Chief Supt Jenny Barnett said: “Thank you to the majority of you for buying fuel when you need it & being calm & considerate.

“We’ve had more than 100 calls in the last 24 hours from people stuck in traffic.

“999 & 101 need to kept for emergencies & reporting info about crime” https://t.co/ekplCDEjtB

— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) September 25, 2021

Petrol crisis only a ‘temporary blip’, says AA president

13:15 , Peter Stubley

Drivers rushing to fill up with petrol when they don’t need to are putting ‘strain on system’, the president of the AA has warned.

Edmund King said the initial supply problems in some areas – caused by a shortage of HGV drivers – was being made worse by panic buying.

However he predicted that it was just a “temporary blip” and that the crisis should ease within a few days.

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Panic-buyers exacerbating ‘temporary’ petrol supply crisis, says AA president

Some petrol stations prioritising fuel for essential workers, AA boss suggests

13:07 , Andy Gregory

Some petrol stations are prioritising key workers and delivery drivers, the president of the AA has said.

Edmund King told ITV News: “Some petrol stations are rationing the amount of fuel and only allowing £30 to be purchased and that means it does go further so that essential workers can get fuel.”

“We do know that some garages are giving priority to essential workers, some delivery vehicles, we’ve heard, have been given priority. So people are acting sensibly there,” he said.

Recalling that, “in the past, when we’ve had fuel blockades, priority was given to key workers”, he suggested: “We’re not really there yet, because supplies are getting through.”

13:03 , Andy Gregory

A company providing palliative care has warned that its staff are struggling to get to patients’ homes due to fuel pressure, according to ITV’s UK editor.

🚨 One care company in Kent providing end of life care to people says petrol pressures mean carers can’t get to homes. They are calling for govt to prioritise carer workers at fuel stations.

“Our patients are dying & if this continues their pain management will suffer”.

— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 25, 2021

Visa scheme likely to be ‘short-term solution’, reports suggest

12:48 , Andy Gregory

With an announcement on a possible temporary visa scheme for HGV drivers expected over the weekend, Downing Street insiders have said it is to be a “short-term solution” to ease pressure on deliveries in the run-up to Christmas.

Up to 5,000 temporary visas could be granted for HGV drivers, The Financial Times and the Telegraph reported, while the former also said a similar number would be approved for food processing workers, especially in the poultry industry.

Read more details here:

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Temporary visa scheme expected in plan to ease supply issues up to Christmas

Graph: How has the number of HGV drivers fallen in the UK?

12:39 , Andy Gregory

Our friends at Statista have created this graph from Office for National Statistics data, illustrating the increasing shortage of HGV drivers in recent years.

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TUC chief: Shelves are empty, care home staff are overworked, and still our government has no plan

12:27 , Andy Gregory

Writing for Independent Voices, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Frances O’Grady, argues:

“The staff shortages now biting across our economy have not come out of thin air. They are the result of wages and conditions being driven down in industries like food production and logistics for years.

“Too many HGV drivers, often outsourced or on agency contracts, are forced to sleep in their cabs on laybys – because their bosses won’t give them any payment for truck stops. Is it any wonder that some are refusing to return to the industry?

“If we want to build a more resilient labour market we must end this race to the bottom. That means giving trade unions greater access to workplaces to level up pay and employment standards. This is essential, not only for workers in food production and road haulage, but in vital sectors like social care too.”

Read more of her thinking here:

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Opinion: Shelves are empty, care home staff are overworked, and our PM has no plan

12:07 , Peter Stubley

Police in Devon and Cornwall have also joined efforts to persuade drivers not to panic buy petrol.

The force said there was “no fuel shortage in either county” but warned that queues were causing congestion on some roads.

This has caused queues and congestion on some roads, which can cause delays to other motorists and have an impact on critical and emergency services.

— Devon & Cornwall Police (@DC_Police) September 25, 2021

Police urge motorists to be ‘sensible’ about joining petrol queues

11:31 , Peter Stubley

Lincolnshire Police has urged drivers to be “sensible” about joining petrol station queues in the region.

In a statement, the force said: “We have received reports this morning of long queues at some petrol stations in the county.

“This is a potential hazard for vehicles making other journeys, and may cause difficulties for emergency services trying to reach people in need.

“While we appreciate that some people may be particularly keen to fill up their vehicles this weekend, we would respectfully ask motorists to be sensible when making judgements about joining a queue at a petrol station.

“If it is too long, consider returning at a different time.”

We’re asking motorists to help emergency services reach people in need and allow other motorists to make their journeys safely, following reports of long queues at some petrol stations this morning. Long queues can be a potential hazard to other road users https://t.co/w6rkLrbbCX pic.twitter.com/EWUPdOCnfG

— Lincolnshire Police (@LincsPolice) September 25, 2021

The legend of Phil McCann

11:21 , Peter Stubley

If you missed it earlier, here’s the reason why Phil McCann is trending on Twitter today.

The BBC reporter was sent to cover the fuel shortages at a petrol station in Stockport, but viewers were more interested in making jokes about his name.

Mr McCann took them in good humour, tweeting: “It’s like being back in Year 9!”

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Watch: BBC sends journalist called Phil McCann to report on petrol crisis

Van runs out of fuel in queue for petrol station

11:13 , Peter Stubley

One van had to be pushed towards a garage forecourt after running out of fuel in the queue in Brixton, south London.

LBC reported that the driver had travelled from Gatwick to look for petrol.

Chaos at the Brixton Road petrol station this morning. The owner of this van came from Gatwick looking for petrol. He’s running on fumes so his colleagues are pushing him over the line to the forecourt @LBC | @LBCNews pic.twitter.com/loUYpz12vd

— James Gooderson (@JamesGooderson) September 25, 2021

Police issue plea over petrol station queues

10:58 , Peter Stubley

Two police forces have urged the public not to contact them about queues at petrol stations.

Bedfordshire Police said traffic jams only needed to be reported if they “risk causing harm to pedestrians or other road users”.

Surrey Police tweeted: “Police are aware of the current impact of busy petrol stations and its effect on many road users. In the absence of any criminal offences or any large scale disorder it is not proportionate for police to attend and manage the queues. Please only contact us if this applies.”

However, we would ask that you make sure that you are not blocking roads while queuing, it’s important that emergency vehicles are able to pass at all times.

— Bedfordshire Police (@bedspolice) September 25, 2021

Police are aware of the current impact of busy petrol stations and its effect on many road users. In the absence of any criminal offences or any large scale disorder it is not proportionate for police to attend and manage the queues. Please only contact us if this applies.

— Surrey Police (@SurreyPolice) September 25, 2021

10:40 , Peter Stubley

And here’s the scene at a Tesco petrol station in Bracknell, Berkshire, where some pumps are closed as motorists queue up for fuel.

© Provided by The Independent Motorists queue for fuel at a Tesco petrol station in Bracknell (PA)
© Provided by The Independent A man carrying containers at a Tesco Petrol Station in Bracknell, Berkshire. (PA)

Motorists decry ‘stupidity’ as panic-buying continues

10:32 , Peter Stubley

Panic buying is still affecting petrol stations this morning, despite pleas from ministers and industry bosses.

Motorists were filmed queueing up for fuel at an Esso garage in Brockley, south London, and a Shell garage off the A4 in west London.

One taxi driver told Sky News: “It’s stupidity that we are all queueing up, but this is my job and I have to have diesel. I’m in here for work.”

© Provided by The Independent A queue for petrol in Brockley, south London (PA)
© Provided by The Independent A closed petrol station in Ashford, Kent (PA)

There were also claims that some drivers were causing delays by filling up several jerry cans with petrol as well as their cars.

And 12 large military Jerry can should not be allowed! pic.twitter.com/Zhcx7BEiAf

— Paul Abdey (@PaulAbdey) September 24, 2021

Long queues of motorists waiting to fill up their tanks are continuing for a second day. @emmabirchley reports from a petrol station in West London that has run out of petrol.

Read the latest here: https://t.co/O7eFfAfcSA pic.twitter.com/OIlq7Sgb9E

— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 25, 2021

Visa U-turn ‘unlikely to solve HGV driver shortage’

09:56 , Peter Stubley

The boss of a haulage company has warned that the temporary visa scheme is unlikely solve the shortage of HGV drivers.

Toby Ovens, managing director of Broughton Transport Solutions, said he believed the problem was more down to low wages rather than Brexit.

Asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme whether such a scheme could help alleviate the shortage, Mr Ovens said: “I personally don’t think so.

“No, I think a lot of what we’re seeing at the minute is down to essentially the driver wages.

“Margins in haulage are very tight and the reality is the money isn’t there to pay the increased wages without substantial price increases to customers.”

Asked whether his company could pay more to lure people into the industry, he replied: “Yes, my drivers have had a pay rise once already this year and we’re looking at it again. That’s obviously going to involve another price increase for customers but, unfortunately, that is necessary at the present time.”

Yesterday the EU’s leading haulage association said that European lorry drivers were likely to ignore the UK’s offer of temporary visas in favour of “higher pay and better working conditions” on the continent.

“I expect many drivers will not return to the UK even if the UK Government allows them to,” said Marco Digioia, the general secretary of UETR. “While offering visas to drivers on the continent would be a welcome step, there are many other issues, such as working conditions, pay, and the costs of getting into and working in the UK.”

CBI urges government to ease ‘Brexit hangover’

09:40 , Peter Stubley

The head of the CBI described the shortages of HGV drivers and other workers as “a little bit of a Brexit hangover”.

Tony Danker told BBC Breakfast: “We had several drivers go home that we wouldn’t have wanted to go home and I think there is this bigger question of the immigration system, and it’s a complicated one.”

He said: “Essentially the government said ‘look, post-Brexit, let’s have an immigration system that only lets in the skills we need, not the skills we don’t’.

“Well, I think what we’re realising is there are some skills we need in the short run, we need to bring them in (but) not forever.”

He added: “You can’t turn round when there are shortages, fold your arms as some Government ministers have done and say ‘well, just put up wages and it will sort it’.

“It won’t sort it, you can’t turn baggage handlers into butchers overnight or shopkeepers into chefs, you can do it over three to five years maybe, but you can’t do it overnight.”

BBC fuel crisis reporter Phil McCann trends on Twitter

09:25 , Peter Stubley

Update: BBC reporter Phil McCann, who has been reporting on panic-buying in Stockport, is now trending on Twitter because people can’t resist joking about his name.

There are worse reasons to trend on Twitter… pic.twitter.com/573bJHAhU7

— Phil McCann (@phi1mccann) September 25, 2021

One of my best mates, Phil McCann, is the No. 1 trend in the UK this morning.

I’ve been laughing about his name since 2003. What a morning! pic.twitter.com/Q3aZQPzeBh

— Adam Widdrington (@AddingRandomWit) September 25, 2021

Couldn’t get any fuel.

— Phil McCann (@phi1mccann) September 25, 2021

Visa changes for foreign workers ‘a huge relief’, says CBI

09:21 , Peter Stubley

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which represents 190,000 businesses in the UK, has criticised the government’s delay in relaxing visa rules for foreign workers.

Director-general Tony Danker welcomed the move – which was discussed by ministers on Friday – and told BBC Breakfast: “Hopefully it is going to happen and it is a huge relief.

“We’ve been calling for it for three months we could see this problem coming and more problems coming, and so it’s a shame the government needed queues at the pumps to move, but move I hope they have and it will help.”

However Mr Danker said that the UK was also facing labour shortages in several other occupations as well as supply chain and energy problems. The CBI has warned that the UK’s labour crisis could last for up to two years.

“It’s taken a bit of a crisis to force their hand, but I really hope the government follows through on what we’re hearing because that would provide some relief and get us started again,” he said.

Petrol supply crisis ‘a temporary blip’, says AA president

09:01 , Peter Stubley

The shortage of petrol at forecourts across the UK is only a ‘temporary blip,’ said the president of the AA.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Edmund King said: “The good news is you can only really fill up once – you’ve got to use the fuel, so this should be a short-term thing.

“It’s not like the fuel crises in the past when the supplier was hit by strikes, etc.

“So, once people have filled up, they won’t travel more than they normally travel, so this strain on the system should ease up in the next few days.”

He urged drivers to “stick to normal filling patterns” and added: “This will be temporary blip as new supplies are delivered every 24 to 48 hours.”

Just been on @BBCBreakfast trying to reassure drivers there is no shortage in petrol or diesel at source. Please stick to normal filling patterns and this will be temporary blip as new supplies delivered every 24 to 48 hours. pic.twitter.com/1dFSr9gmUA

— Edmund King OBE (@AAPresident) September 25, 2021

Phil McCann reports on petrol panic-buying crisis

08:47 , Peter Stubley

Meanwhile the BBC appears to have found the perfect reporter to cover the petrol supply crisis this morning.

Phil McCann (yes, really) has been covering shortages in Stockport, where one station sold three times the normal amount yesterday and is now out of fuel.

It’s like being back in year 9! #nominativedeterminism https://t.co/nAPXDDj4Og

— Phil McCann (@phi1mccann) September 25, 2021

There definitely has been panic at the pumps here in Stockport – this petrol station is out of both types of fuel. It sold more than 3 times the normal amount yesterday and may not get a delivery for 9 days. More on @BBCBreakfast from 7. pic.twitter.com/Qm6fOouPpx

— Phil McCann (@phi1mccann) September 25, 2021

EG Group rations fuel at £30 per customer amid panic-buying

08:42 , Peter Stubley

If you missed it last night, EG Group announced that it was setting a £30 per customer limit for fuel at its forecourts due to supply problems and increased demand due to panic-buying by drivers.

An EG Group spokesperson said: “Due to the current unprecedented customer demand for fuel and associated supply challenges we have taken the decision to introduce a limit of £30 per customer on all of our grades of fuel.

“This excludes HGV drivers and emergency services due to their vital role at this time.

“This is a company decision to ensure all our customers have a fair chance to refuel and to enable our sites to carry on running smoothly.

“We kindly ask everyone visiting our sites to treat our colleagues, supply chain partners and customers with respect during these very challenging times. All of EG Group’s UK sites remain open and operational to serve customers.”

EG Group has around 400 petrol stations across the UK.

Boris Johnson ‘owes apology’ over supply crisis, says Davey

08:35 , Peter Stubley

Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey described the government’s plans for visa changes for HGV drivers as a “screeching U-turn”.

He said: “This screeching U-turn is too late for those whose lives have been thrown into chaos.

“The Tories have shown they can’t be trusted to run this country.

“The arrogance of Boris Johnson has cost jobs. He knew there was a fix to this problem but ploughed on regardless.

“He owes the British people an apology.”

This screeching U-turn is too late for those whose lives have been thrown into chaos. The Tories have shown they can’t be trusted to run this country.

PM knew there was a fix to this but ploughed on regardless. He owes the British people an apology. https://t.co/B8l0c0yvJs

— Ed Davey MP 🔶🇪🇺 (@EdwardJDavey) September 24, 2021

‘There is no fuel shortage’

08:30 , Peter Stubley

Ministers have repeatedly attempted to dissuade the public from panic-buying, insisting that there were no shortages of petrol.

A Downing Street spokesman said last night: “We have ample fuel stocks in this country and the public should be reassured there are no shortages.

“But like countries around the world we are suffering from a temporary Covid-related shortage of drivers needed to move supplies around the country.

“We’re looking at temporary measures to avoid any immediate problems, but any measures we introduce will be very strictly time-limited.

“We are moving to a high-wage, high-skilled economy and businesses will need to adapt with more investment in recruitment and training to provide long-term resilience.

There is no fuel shortage!!!

— James Cleverly🇬🇧 (@JamesCleverly) September 24, 2021

There is no fuel shortage.

I repeat,



— Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) September 24, 2021

Government U-turn on HGV driver visas ‘too late to avoid Christmas disruption’

08:23 , Peter Stubley

Scenes of panic-buying at petrol forecourts across the UK – on top of existing supply issues relating to the shortage of lorry drivers – have prompted the government to consider plans to ease visa requirements.

The move will reportedly allow up to 5,000 foreign lorry drivers into Britain on a short-term basis.

It came as the retail industry warned that ministers had just “10 days to save Christmas”.

However government insiders have told the Independent that the post-Brexit U-turn on visas has come too late to avoid disrupting Christmas.

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Visa plan is too late to stop Christmas supply chaos, insiders warn

08:10 , Peter Stubley

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the supply chain crisis which has seen some petrol stations across the country forced to close and fuel rationing at hundreds of forecourts.

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© Provided by The Financial Express The premium to be paid by farmers is fixed at 1.5% of the sum insured for rabi crops and 2% for Kharif crops, while ... Read more »

Skyrocketing LNG prices inflate industrial costs, consumers to bear the brunt

© Provided by The Financial Express In the corresponding timeline in 2019, before the impact of the coronavirus, LNG import was 13,618 mscm and the value of the import was ... Read more »

I'm having sex with the fittest man in town behind his girlfriend's back – but I'm falling for him

DEAR DEIDRE: THE fittest man in town has been bedding me behind his girlfriend’s back. One minute I’m convinced he’s actually in love with me and the next that I’ll ... Read more »

Property asking prices increase in all regions of UK in October

© Provided by This Is Money MailOnline logo Every region of Britain saw house asking price records broken in October, as the national average jumped nearly £5,000.  It was the ... Read more »

Wonder drug injection for severe asthma approved on NHS

A new “wonder drug” injection for uncontrolled asthma has been approved for use on the NHS. © PA Archive Tablets and capsules The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence ... Read more »

Lelis officially leaves Quincy Crew, hints at further major changes

Quincy Crew were one of North America’s top performers over the last two years in the competitive Dota 2 scene, but the first of several moves is already shaking the ... Read more »

What the papers say – October 18

Investigations into the death of Sir David Amess lead most of the Monday papers, including questions over Britain’s moves against extremism. Police are investigating links between Sir David and the ... Read more »

Haiti gang kidnaps 17 mostly US missionaries, report says

Former Obama Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin discusses the ‘diplomatic challenge’ the U.S. faces in response. Read more »

Ryan Reynolds Is Taking Short 'Sabbatical From Movie Making' After Finishing Holiday Film 'Spirited'

© Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Twentieth Century Fox Ryan Reynolds is taking a little break from movie making. After sharing that he wrapped production on the Apple TV+ holiday movie, ... Read more »

Melinda and Bill Gates Reunite for Daughter Jennifer's Wedding to Nayel Nassar

© ET Coming together for the family. Nearly three months after finalizing their divorce, Bill and Melinda Gates were seen together for the first time at their daughter’s two wedding ... Read more »

Lance Bass Shares First Photos of Adorable Newborn Twins -- See the Pics!

© ET Lance Bass is one proud papa! The former *NSYNC singer took to Instagram Sunday to post some photos of his newborn twins, Violet Betty and Alexander James. In ... Read more »

63 kematian baharu Covid-19, Sarawak tertinggi

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Sarawak mencatatkan angka kematian Covid-19 tertinggi semalam iaitu 13 kes. PETALING JAYA: Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) melaporkan 63 kes kematian Covid-19 semalam, menurut perincian dikeluarkan ... Read more »

WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (11-17 Oct)

SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (11-17 October): Loh Kean Yew wins Dutch Open, his first international title in ... Read more »

In Australia's New South Wales, a shift in messaging has lessons for Hong Kong and New Zealand in leaving ‘zero-Covid' behind

Pedestrians pass a mural after 108 days of lockdown in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Photo: EPA When the premier of Australia’s New South Wales held a press conference to ... Read more »

Rangers place Kaapo Kakko on IR as injury woes worsen

MONTREAL — The Rangers managed to come out of their most recent precarious lineup situation unscathed. Securing their first win of the 2021-22 season, the Blueshirts took a 3-1 victory ... Read more »

Taj Gibson likely to see expanded Knicks role with uncertainties at center

Taj Gibson started all four of the Knicks’ preseason games, and he just may be tabbed to do so — or at least retain an expanded role — in their ... Read more »

Rajasthan BJP releases 'black paper' against Congress, accuses Gehlot-led govt of unfulfilled promises

Rajasthan BJP releases ‘black paper’ against Congress, accuses Gehlot-led govt of unfulfilled promises Ahead of the assembly bypolls in Rajasthan, the BJP on Sunday released a ‘black paper’ against Congress, ... Read more »

Gandhi Ashram Redevelpoment: Trust begins process to prepare ‘concept note'

© Provided by The Indian Express As the Central government and the Gujarat government are moving ahead with a Rs 1,200-crore project of Gandhi Ashram Memorial and Precinct Development, the ... Read more »

Explained: Closing in on 100 crore shots

© Provided by The Indian Express In a couple of days or so from now, the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India will have crossed 100 crore, or ... Read more »

Eye on caste votes in UP polls, BJP starts community meetings

© Provided by The Indian Express WITH AN eye on UP’s caste equations ahead of the assembly elections to be held in a few months, the ruling BJP Sunday held ... Read more »

Karnataka Cong's image consultancy firm among entities searched by I-T

© Provided by The Indian Express The Income Tax department has conducted searches on entities across seven locations in Bengaluru, Surat, Chandigarh and Mohali, and has unearthed unaccounted investments and ... Read more »

GMC oxygen crisis: Panel says nothing unusual about death data; blames hospital for not raising supply issues

© Provided by The Indian Express A three-member committee appointed by the Goa government to probe the alleged oxygen supply issues at Goa Medical College & Hospital (GMC) in May, ... Read more »

Why every parent should consider organic food

Over the past decade, organic food has become increasingly popular. Research shows organic foods, including fruit, vegetables, eggs and dairy, may have nutritional, environmental and animal welfare benefits. So, it’s clear ... Read more »

Victoria to move towards home quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has suggested the state will axe hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated international arrivals and move to a home-based program, similar to the one proposed by New ... Read more »

Ex-Man United defender demands star is dropped while Gary Neville rules Conte out of United job

Your Manchester United evening headlines on Sunday, October 17, including Paul Pogba’s claims that United ‘need to change something’ and Gary Neville ruling out Antonio Conte as a replacement for ... Read more »

9 common misconceptions about the Canary Islands

© Provided by The Points Guy MSN has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. MSN and The Points Guy may receive a commission from ... Read more »

Undi18 a stumbling block for old-style politicians

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Youth activist Adam Adli was sentenced to jail in 2014 for a speech urging the people to hold street protests. PETALING JAYA: Politicians who ... Read more »

‘Illegal funding of Islamic activities': Vadodara SIT begins questioning of 2 accused

© Provided by The Indian Express The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Vadodara police, formed to probe the alleged case of AFMI Charitable Trusts’ “illegal funding of Islamic activities”, ... Read more »

MLA amassed disproportionate income worth Rs 5 cr: Odisha vigilance dept

© Provided by The Indian Express The Odisha vigilance department on Sunday revealed that a secret assessment of properties attached to Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahy has led to unearthing disproportionate ... Read more »

Saurashtra University cancels faculty recruitment after protests

© Provided by The Indian Express Hours after the National Students Union of India (NSUI) demonstrated outside the office of Saurashtra University (SU) vice-chancellor (V-C), alleging favouritism in recruitment for ... Read more »

Paula Badosa emulates Emma Raducanu achievement by winning Indian Wells on debut

Paula Badosa won what many have called one of the matches of the year in a thrilling three-set final in Indian Wells. The 23-year-old overcame former world No 1 Victoria ... Read more »

Sterling has gone from Man City star to looking at an Etihad exit

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo There was a goal that came to define Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City during the earlier years of his reign. Its excellence derived from ... Read more »

Ex-postman Chris Greaves is the hero as Scots stun Bangladesh

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo All-rounder Chris Greaves was the hero as Scotland got their T20 World Cup campaign off to a dream start with a six-run victory ... Read more »

A road well travelled: How my life as a journalist has changed

Dismantling a Soviet-era telephone took only a couple of minutes. The cheap plastic cover was easy to remove, and the rudimentary design made it easy to identify the two copper ... Read more »

17 Missionaries from the U.S. and Canada Have Been Kidnapped in Haiti, Ministry Says

Seventeen missionaries, including 16 Americans and one Canadian, have been kidnapped during a trip to an orphanage in Haiti, the Christian Aid Ministries says. © Provided by People Chandan Khanna/AFP ... Read more »

Impact of scams on well-being calculated as £9bn

© Getty Images Phone fraud has soared during the pandemic The cost to scam victims’ well-being can be calculated at a monetary total of £9.3bn a year, according to the ... Read more »

Pay later firm Klarna to offer 'pay now' option

© BBC Klarna has 10 million customers in the UK and was recently valued at £7.5bn The buy now, pay later firm Klarna is extending its services, including offering the ... Read more »

One shot dead, second injured on Bemiss Road

Oct. 17—VALDOSTA — A 21-year-old is dead and a 19-year-old is injured after a weekend shooting along the 2100 block of Bemiss Road, according to the Valdosta Police Department. Authorities ... Read more »