The prime minister is said to be considering whether to call in troops to deliver fuel to petrol stations after panic over the weekend.
Competition law for the fuel industry was suspended last night by Trade Secretary Quasi Quarteng to improve communication between suppliers so they can target sectors in need.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps refused a request for military assistance to make up for the shortage of fuel tanker drivers. He said the industry was “100 to 200” driver less.
The fuel panic began after a BP executive expressed concern the lorry driver’s lack of fuel could affect its ability to keep up with delivery, leaked comments.
The surge in demand prompted the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) to warn that two-thirds of its membership of about 5,500 independent outlets had run out of fuel on Sunday, with the rest “partially dry and running out soon”.
Competition law suspended for fuel industry
The business secretary announced last night that competition law has been suspended to allow oil companies to target low-fuel petrol stations.
Quasi Quarteng said the industry would be temporarily exempted from the Competition Act 1998 in order to better share information and prioritize sites.
Mr Quarteng said there were “long-standing contingency plans” that were drawn up to deal with the fuel industry’s woes.
He reiterated that there was enough fuel to meet the demand but not enough people to transport it to petrol stations.
Boris Johnson considering bringing in army to deliver fuel
According to reports, the Prime Minister is considering whether to order military assistance to deal with the fuel crisis.
The Transportation Secretary, Grant Shapps, yesterday refused to bring in troops to run fuel lorries amid industry shortages.
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