Government tankers sit idle as fuel crisis continues in London and the South East – .

Government tankers sit idle as fuel crisis continues in London and the South East – .

About 40 of the white tankers – believed to be half the total fleet – are kept in a depot in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire. Monday morning, around thirty vehicles were seen at a standstill in the yard.

Government sources pointed out that the tankers had been made available to fuel companies for hire with their own drivers. “If companies need more tankers, they can hire vehicles from the fleet – and many have,” a source said.

Industry sources said the situation was “extremely fluid” and insisted that every effort was being made to deliver fuel to affected areas as quickly as possible. “We don’t have enough drivers and the tankers can’t drive themselves,” a source said.

Brian Madderson, president of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), urged the government and fuel suppliers to work together to get more reserve tankers on the roads.

“It is extremely disappointing that so much of the reserve fleet is idle when some of our members have not had fuel for nine days,” he said.

According to a PRA survey, 52% of sites in London and the South East had both grades of fuel on Monday, while 18% had only one grade and 20% were dry.

In the rest of the country, PRA said 86 percent of sites had both grades of fuel “thanks to regular deliveries and stabilizing demand,” with six percent having only one grade and eight percent being dry.

A number of tankers from the reserve fleet were reportedly driven by the army on Monday, including 46 on the roads by mid-afternoon.

Members of the armed forces arrived at the Buncefield oil depot in Hemel Hempstead on Monday to help deliver fuel, with soldiers in uniform and wearing face masks seen walking near the gates of the Hertfordshire oil storage terminal.


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