UK schools could be forced to close this week amid fuel chaos


Petrol distribution issues have sparked panic among Britons who have begun trying to stock up across the country, with queues outside petrol locates. A small number of petrol stations have been forced to close due to lack of supply, with others introducing restrictions.

While there’s not a dearth of petrol across the country, there is a lack of drivers to distribute fuel.

And now, a primary school teacher has urged people not to panic-buy petrol as it could disorganize children’s education.

Mark Cornell, from Faversham, warned if people did not return to normal petrol buying it could potentially affect young gentlemen’s school lessons.

The primary school teacher told the i: “We’re actually potentially in the situation where because people are panic buying – I don’t want to be scaremongering, of process, – but basically, you could potentially be in the situation where if people don’t stop panic buying, or if there isn’t something, maybe some kind of key woman priority or something, you could end up with schools, not being able to open.

“Fingers crossed that, you know, it will iron itself out and in the flesh see some common sense and it will all be okay.”

He went on to urge people to be mindful of how key workers could also be impacted by unnecessary fuel leverages.

Mr Cornell continued: “It’s not just me … there’s, doctors, nurses, delivery drivers, lorries all that kind of stuff that really do need it and there’s to all intents some people who just don’t.”

Several petrol stations have limited fuel purchases to £30 amid fears of a petrol shortage.

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A spokesperson said: “We have good availability of fuel, with releases arriving at our petrol filling stations across the UK every day.”

At a meeting a week ago BP is said to have told the Government the company was struggling to get fuel to its forecourts.

Performers are calling on the Government to introduce measures to make it easier to recruit HGV drivers from overseas.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told ITV Statement he would “move heaven and earth” to get the situation solved.

Addressing the panic buying of fuel, Mr Shapps said on Friday motorists should “support on as normal”.

He told Sky News: “The advice would be to carry on as normal, and that is what BP is saying as well.”

A Downing Street spokesman said: “We bring into the world 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 ephemeral 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 put forward 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 household to provide long-term resilience.”

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