The fuel crisis is getting more serious in London and the southeast, an industry expert warned, as retailers demand urgent action to restock filling stations.
Soldiers will begin delivering petrol from Monday in a drastic attempt to end the turmoil of recent days.
However, industry bosses are calling for certain dry sites to be prioritised, amid warnings for motorists that they should expect a rise of up to 3p a litre at the pump.
Brian Madderson, chair of the Petrol Retailer’s Association, told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme that in the north, Scotland, some parts of the Midlands there was a definite improvement in fewer dry sites, however in London and the southeast if anything, it had got more serious.
He said that he passed no less than five filling stations in Kent which were dry and that it was a huge problem, and that this wasn’t going to be a major relief, it was a great help but in terms of the volume, they weren’t going to be able to carry that much.
He continued that they need prioritisation of deliveries to filling stations, particularly the independent ones in neighbourhood sites in London and the southeast starting now.
Mr Maddison said local retail sites lying closed without fuel affects consumer confidence and called on the government to speed up deliveries to those areas over the coming days, and he added that this week they’ve seen the wholesale price for fuel increase by 3p a litre for unleaded and diesel.
He said that this had nothing to do with the driver deficit, and that this was solely to do with global factors, and that Brent Crude had risen by almost 50 per cent this year and had been skirting $80 a barrel lately, but at the same time, the pound against the dollar has weakened so those two factors have driven up the wholesale price.
He said, next week, because forecourts have been depleted, new stocks coming in will be at the higher price to them, so they should expect a 3p increase at the pump, and this was not profiteering, it was just genuine wholesale price rises caused by global circumstances.
However, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the fuel situation was stabilising in most parts of the country and the military was being used as a precaution.
Sadly the media has not helped the situation and has created more panic at the pumps, and now people are filling up their jerry cans when they can just fill the tanks on their vehicles.
But is this all just a coincidence with the big green tax push happening next month, with these charlatans wanting everyone to buy overpriced electric cars?
And where is this Brexit dream that we were all promised? People who voted out believed that Brexit would solve all of our problems, it appears not!
Or is this a totally fabricated crisis, because another lockdown wouldn’t be tolerated, but has the same outcome – stresses the public and hinders them from being able to work and then the mainstream media distracts the public whilst Boris Johnson’s totalitarian regime endeavours to shove medical apartheid and digital surveillance systems through Parliament whilst no one is watching.
Shortly we will have the Army on our streets, best get your COVID papers ready to show, and this is just the tip of a very scary iceberg.