Petrol shortages: Grant Shapps slammed as ‘anti-car’ – ‘fully to blame’ for fuel crisis

Petrol shortages: Grant Shapps slammed as ‘anti-car’ – ‘fully to blame’ for fuel crisis


Fuel crisis: Government is 'fully to blame' says campaigner

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Millions of drivers around the UK have been affected by the fuel shortages, with queues forming around closed forecourts as motorists look to fill up. Many have been critical of the shortages, with Howard Cox, the founder of FairFuelUK speaking out about the Government’s inaction.

He said: “We’ve been warning the Government of this calamity, this doomsday scenario of the HGV driver shortage for 15 years.

“They’ve buried their heads in the sand thinking everything will be rosy.

“Then we get Grant Shapps coming on TV and radio, saying ‘don’t panic, everything is going to be okay.’

“That’s the worst thing to do, telling people not to panic.

“You cannot blame drivers whatsoever for trying to fill up their petrol or diesel vehicles.

“It will continue to get worse.

“I’m still hearing most of the garages are empty, especially where I am in rural areas.

“What we’re seeing is that most of the oil companies are concentrating on the motorway service stations, and the reason being they’re more profitable.

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“It’s terrible that the profiteering is actually a result of the Government’s incompetence.

“For the next two or three days, we’re going to be in a situation where people are still panicking because they’ve got to get to work.

“What we’re looking at is classic Government. Looking at sticking plaster solutions rather than a long-term plan of getting people into the profession,” he told Sky News.

Many industry insiders and politicians have called on drivers not to panic buy, with some even calling for forecourts to ration the petrol.

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