UK in crisis: Hours-long fuel queues, food shortages, brawls in the streets and possible school closures
Thousands of the United Kingdom’s fuel stations have run dry amid a national shortage caused by panic buying and a lack of truck drivers.
Hours-long queues of frustrated motorists are forming at the pumps each day, despite pleas from the government and the fuel companies to stay away and only buy petrol as needed.
There have also been tense clashes between motorists. In one shocking incident caught on camera in southeast London, a man pulled a knife on another driver while shouting at him through his car window.
The man was then thrown onto the bonnet as the car moved forward, before he circled back to the driver’s side and kicked the vehicle, damaging its mirror.
Police arrived at the scene to find “no trace of either vehicle”. No injuries were reported and the drivers involved have yet to be identified.
The government and fuel industry insist the crisis will ease in the coming days. In a joint statement, the petrol companies – including BP, Shell and Esso – said there was “plenty of fuel” at the nation’s refineries that merely needed to be delivered to stations.
“As many cars are now holding more fuel than usual, we expect that demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, easing pressures on fuel station forecourts. We would encourage everyone to buy fuel as they normally would,” the companies said.
Johnson’s cabinet decided to put the military on standby at a meeting on Monday, local time. Army drivers will be ready to help deliver petrol in the short term. A step Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng called “sensible” and “precautionary”.
“The UK continues to have strong supplies of fuel. However, we are aware of supply chain issues at fuel station forecourts and are taking steps to ease them,” he said.
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