Grant Shapps asks motorists to stop filling water bottles with petrol at petrol stations. The UK is experiencing a fuel crisis because there are not enough truck drivers to supply petrol stations. For fear of a shortage, people flock to pumping stations to hoard fuel.
“The sooner we go back to our normal habits, the sooner the problem will be fixed,” says Shapps. According to him, there are cautious signals that the situation is moving in the right direction and that several filling stations have enough petrol in stock again.
“But we all have to do our bit. So do not bring water bottles to pumping stations, it is dangerous and does not help,” says Shapps.
Shapps blames the Covid-19 pandemic for the crisis. As a result of the pandemic, fewer driving exams for truck drivers were taken, which means that there is now a shortage. Critics say Brexit is the cause. This is possible, according to Shapps, but he claims that Brexit allowed the UK to adopt different rules to speed up drivers’ driving tests.
The UK has been keeping the army on standby since Monday. Soldiers may need to help with the supply of pumping stations, if the problems persist.