Saturday 24 February 2024
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Queues continue at the pumps in West Bridgford for second day

From 7 am opening time at Sainsbury’s Melton Road queues were already forming for fuel.

After yesterday’s queues for fuel at filling stations all over the UK, the same scenes are playing out this morning.

ASDA Loughborough Road closed yesterday afternoon with no fuel left.

Sainsbury’s in Melton Road had a delivery tanker in yesterday, yet still drivers are clogging up the road waiting to get onto the pumps.

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Staff said they sold fuel at a rate of 1,000 litres every hour, drivers waited an hour for the tanker to be unloaded yesterday – parking up and then waiting for the pumps to be switched back on.

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Ministers are working on plans for a temporary visa scheme to make it easier for foreign lorry drivers to come to the UK.

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Details of how the initiative will work are expected to be announced this weekend.

Any changes to immigration rules will be temporary, with a cap on the number of workers allowed to enter the UK.

It is estimated that the UK is short of about 100,000 HGV drivers – with existing shortages made worse by the pandemic and Brexit.

BP and Esso have shut a number of petrol stations due to a lack of tanker drivers, while EG Group has said it will introduce a limit of £30 per customer on all grades of fuel.


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