HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The UK PM is expected to take help from the army, in order to deal with the crisis
  • · The competition laws were suspended last night by the business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, who has called for cooperation from the suppliers to overcome the situation
  • · News of the crisis has taken a position in the front pages of all newspapers in the country

Today, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is anticipated to take the help of the army in order to carry petrol tankers amidst massive hustle and bustle. The government has emphasized the fact that fuel must not be bought unnecessarily and also maintained that there has been no shortage.

However, according to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), almost 90% of the stations are on the verge of running completely dry. The competition laws were suspended earlier last night by the business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng who has asked the suppliers for cooperation. Almost 5,000 foreign workers will also be offered temporary visas.

Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, has maintained that it is the immigration policies of the government which has been responsible for the scenario. She has been discussing several problems with the Road Haulage Association since the previous year but complains about no heed being paid to them.

According to her, “The Government ignored those problems, which is why we are now facing the situation where people go to the supermarkets and see shortages of goods on the shelves, and why they are queuing up at petrol stations and not being able to fill up their tanks.”

Brian Madderson of the Petrol Retailers Association has stated that he will be welcoming the suspension of competition laws in order to deal with the fuel supplies. He believes that speaking about the dry sites, more emphasis is being given to the urban areas than the rural ones. He says that the dry sites “are being restocked at the present time but the number of tankers that they’re receiving is below the number they need to be properly restocked at their normal level of between 40% and 50%.”

The front pages of every newspaper of the country have been maintaining a consistent reportage of the prevalent petrol pump crisis.

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