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UK petrol stations with fuel near me – Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Co-Op all OPEN as SOS sent to HGV drivers

THE GOVERNMENT is reportedly poised to grant 10,000 temporary foreign worker visas to help ease the HGV driver shortage and fuel crisis.

No 10 insisted on Friday night that any measures introduced would be "very strictly time-limited" amid reports that Boris Johnson had allowed ministers to relax UK immigration rules to allow more foreign drivers into the country.

And although Downing Street would not confirm whether any decisions had been made, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps earlier promised to "move heaven and earth" to get the situation solved.

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    Crisis for some, opportunity for others

    BILLIONAIRES linked to Gazprom, the Russian gas giant blamed for Europe’s supply crisis, have snapped up a string of UK mansions.

    Andrey Goncharenko, 48, was chief executive of a Gazprom subsidiary when he bought four properties in London over the past decade worth £260million.

    They include the UK’s most expensive townhouse — £120million Hanover Lodge near Regent’s Park — plus £70million 50 St James Street in Mayfair.

    Homes he appears to have sold include a £15million pad in Eaton Place and a £41million mansion in Hampstead. Goncharenko has recently been involved with SK Horizont which helped build a processing plant for Gazprom.

    Meanwhile Kazakh oligarch and Gazprom director Timur Kulibayev, 55, bought Prince Andrew’s marital home Sunninghill Park for £15million — £3m over the asking price.

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    Which petrol stations are operating the £30 limit?

    EG Group, which runs 367 fuel stops under the BP, Esso and Texaco brand has imposed a limit of £30 per fill up to ensure customers "have a fair chance to refuel".

    The company runs petrol stations under well-known brand names: BP, Esso, Shell and Texaco.

    All the petrol stations with these names run by EG Group now have a £30 fuel limit in place.

    But there will be other garages with the same branding that are not imposing the limit because they are run by different companies.

    For example Esso has more than 1,000 petrol stations across the country, and there are around 200 run by EG Group which have a limit in place.

    To find out whether your local station is affected, click here.

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    Which petrol stations are shut?

    There's no definitive record of all the stations that are shut, and the list keeps changing as forecourts reopen once new deliveries arrive.

    Reports of closures are limited meaning that the majority of stations should still have petrol available.

    Major supermarkets including Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's have all said that they're not facing fuel shortages, despite the increasing demand.

    On Thursday, BP said that it had closed just 20 of its 1,200 petrol stations because they had run out of fuel. Between 50 and 100 sites have also been affected by the loss of at least one grade of fuel.

    Meanwhile, ExxonMobil has said that a small number of Tesco petrol stations are affected.

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    Cops forced to jump queue for vital fuel 

    Cops have been forced to jump a queue in order to get vital fuel while an ambulance has crashed into traffic waiting for petrol while rushing to an emergency.

    Cops had to jump ahead of queues at a petrol station in Hackney, London in order to avoid running out of petrol.

    It comes after a brawl erupted at an Esso fuel station, said to be between two dads and their sons, amid petrol shortage fears.

    The four men traded blows during a shocking fight in the forecourt of the petrol station in Chichester, West Sussex, on Friday night.

     

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    Ambulance crashes into traffic waiting for petrol while rushing to emergency

    Emergency services have been caught up in the chaos at petrol pumps as panic buyers rush to buy fuel amid a shortage caused by a lack of lorry drivers.

    Video shows an ambulance trying to make its way through a line of cars waiting for petrol at a Shell station in Bromley, Greater London.

    With its sirens blaring, the ambulance driver manages to slowly move the vehicle through the queue.

    However, as the ambulance driver tries to squeeze it past the queue the vehicle hits the back of one of the cars.

    The paramedic then had to stop and swap details with the other driver before rushing to the emergency.

     

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    Brawl breaks out at London petrol station

    Another fight broke out between moped drivers at a petrol station as motorists struggled to fill up.

    One man ran and jump-kicked another driver at the forecourt before onlookers started shouting.

    Two men were already seemingly being separated before today’s fight, thought to be at a BP garage near Camden, North London, broke out on video.

    One of them tried to use his crash helmet to hit another.

    It came after another four-man brawl yesterday, thought to be between two sets of father and sons.

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    Hit the road

    There's traffic chaos on the UK's busiest motorway this morning as eco-morons defied a court order to block the carriageway yet again.

    Oddballs from Insulate Britain have blocked vehicles on the M25 near Heathrow as part of their tiresome bid to keep the rest of the country as idle as they are.

    Police are already at the scene.

    It comes days after protesters glued their hands to lorries at the Port of Dover – right in the middle of the country's HGV driver shortage.

    Campaigners are calling for the British government to ensure all homes are better insulated.

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    Explained: How long will the petrol shortage last?

    There is not a petrol shortage but the problem is said to have been caused by the shortage of drivers transporting the fuel from terminals to forecourts.

    While there are chronic problems around the country with people panic-buying petrol it doesn’t seem that the issue will be solved any time soon.

    BP said it is hopeful fuel stocks at forecourts will stabilise and start to rebuild at some point in October.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to temporarily loosen immigration rules so foreign HGV drivers can work in Britain to help with the crisis.

    A Downing Street spokesman said: “We have ample fuel stocks in this country and the public should be reassured there are no shortages.

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    Who is affected?

    Business secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News that only a handful of petrol stations had closed.

    Some drivers have taken to social media to complain of closed forecourts.

    One Manchester-based Twitter user said his local Shell petrol station had been closed due to having no fuel.

    Another said his village petrol station had been closed for a week.

    The panic comes after reports that BP and Tesco had been forced to shut forecourts and concerns that fuel could be rationed.

    There are fears the army could be called in to drive tankers under the Government’s emergency plans if the situation escalates.

    Supermarkets have issued updates reassuring customers about fuel supplies at its petrol stations.

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    The numbers behind the shortages

    One petrol station manager said there is an issue “but it’s not an issue with our suppliers – there’s plenty of fuel out there”.

    Transport secretary Grant Shapps insisted it is only “a handful of petrol stations affected” and that drivers should “carry on as normal”

    Hanna Hofer, BP’s head of UK retail, told a government meeting last week the situation was “bad, very bad”. 

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    Explained: How long will the petrol shortage last?

    There is not a petrol shortage but the problem is said to have been caused by the shortage of drivers transporting the fuel from terminals to forecourts.

    While there are chronic problems around the country with people panic-buying petrol it doesn’t seem that the issue will be solved any time soon.

    BP said it is hopeful fuel stocks at forecourts will stabilise and start to rebuild at some point in October.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to temporarily loosen immigration rules so foreign HGV drivers can work in Britain to help with the crisis.

    A Downing Street spokesman said: “We have ample fuel stocks in this country and the public should be reassured there are no shortages.

    Read more here.

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    Ambulance crashes into traffic waiting for petrol while rushing to emergency

    Emergency services have been caught up in the chaos at petrol pumps as panic buyers rush to buy fuel amid a shortage caused by a lack of lorry drivers.

    Video shows an ambulance trying to make its way through a line of cars waiting for petrol at a Shell station in Bromley, Greater London.

    With its sirens blaring, the ambulance driver manages to slowly move the vehicle through the queue.

    However, as the ambulance driver tries to squeeze it past the queue the vehicle hits the back of one of the cars.

    The paramedic then had to stop and swap details with the other driver before rushing to the emergency.

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    Visa rules to be relaxed

    Despite EVCL Chill going into administration does not affect the wider EV Cargo Group, which continues to trade as before.

    EVCL Chill's collapse comes ahead of an expected announcement by the Government that visa rules will be relaxed for foreign HGV drivers to get supply chains moving.

    Tony Danker, director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), called for a "temporary and managed" system to bring in foreign workers.

    He told BBC Breakfast: "You need to be able to, on a temporary basis, on a fixed and managed basis, bring in skills we need now."

    Mr Danker said the CBI welcomed the Government's plan to recruit and train British workers, but said: "You can't turn baggage handlers into butchers overnight or shopkeepers into chefs – you can do it over three to five years maybe, but you can't do it overnight."

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    Pictured: Queues, queues, queues

    Drivers are set to be hit with a £30 limit on fuel after panic buyers queued at petrol stations across the country amid shortage fears.

    Police have been forced to marshal motorists after they raced to forecourts to fill their tanks up.

    The government has urged drivers to "carry on as normal" amid the chaotic scenes.

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    BP’s ‘poor’ working conditions

    Drivers blamed BP’s contracted logistics firm Hoyer Petrolog UK, saying poor pay, long unsociable hours and no sick pay or holiday benefits are the reasons many disgruntled drivers have left.

    Tanker driver Andrew Meaden called it the “worst company in the world”.

    The 51-year-old handed in his notice earlier this month having worked for Hoyer for more than four years.

    He said: “We love our job but we’re being treated like absolute s**t.

    "Drivers are leaving in droves, that’s why there’s a shortage

    "Hoyer has a complete lack of respect for the most prized asset, the drivers, simple as that.”

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    Crisis for some, opportunity for others

    BILLIONAIRES linked to Gazprom, the Russian gas giant blamed for Europe’s supply crisis, have snapped up a string of UK mansions.

    Andrey Goncharenko, 48, was chief executive of a Gazprom subsidiary when he bought four properties in London over the past decade worth £260million.

    They include the UK’s most expensive townhouse — £120million Hanover Lodge near Regent’s Park — plus £70million 50 St James Street in Mayfair.

    Homes he appears to have sold include a £15million pad in Eaton Place and a £41million mansion in Hampstead. Goncharenko has recently been involved with SK Horizont which helped build a processing plant for Gazprom.

    Meanwhile Kazakh oligarch and Gazprom director Timur Kulibayev, 55, bought Prince Andrew’s marital home Sunninghill Park for £15million — £3m over the asking price.

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    Shortage fears spark panic buying

    Huge queues are blocking access to petrol stations across the country amid fuel shortage fears.

    Panic-buyers have been lining up from the early hours to fill their tanks – despite the government insisting motorists “carry on as normal”.

    On Thursday BP said it had closed a “handful” of its petrol forecourts due to a lock of available fuel.

    A “small number” of Tesco refilling stations have also been impacted, Esso owner ExxonMobil, which runs the sites said.

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    Government Denies “Complacency” Over Energy Warnings

    Ministers have denied being complacent over 18-month-old warnings about risks to the UK’s energy supply after 1.5 million people were left without a provider.

    A host of energy companies have gone to the wall in recent weeks after the sector was hit by rocketing global wholesale gas prices.

    With 800,000 consumers losing their suppliers on Wednesday alone, two energy companies have since looked to make it more difficult for new customers to sign up for their services as they attempt to survive the current turbulence.

    Bulb scrapped its popular refer-a-friend scheme as it tries to raise new cash, while rival Ovo Energy changed its website by removing an invite to “get an energy quote in under two minutes”.

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    Who is affected?

    Business secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News that only a handful of petrol stations had closed.

    Some drivers have taken to social media to complain of closed forecourts.

    One Manchester-based Twitter user said his local Shell petrol station had been closed due to having no fuel.

    Another said his village petrol station had been closed for a week.

    The panic comes after reports that BP and Tesco had been forced to shut forecourts and concerns that fuel could be rationed.

    There are fears the army could be called in to drive tankers under the Government’s emergency plans if the situation escalates.

    Supermarkets have issued updates reassuring customers about fuel supplies at its petrol stations.

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    Price hike

    Millions of Brits face a £400 hike in their gas and electricity bills this winter as the energy crisis deepens.

    Families whose supplier goes bust face being bumped up onto much higher tariffs when they’re switched to a new provider.

    Ministers have admitted it’s “not going to be possible” to “guarantee” that households will be able to keep the cheapest rates.

    The energy price cap, which limits what firms can charge, has been set at £1,277 for the next six months.

    But that’s at least £400 more than many families on the lowest tariffs.

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    Government is told it has 10 days to save Christmas

    The Transport Secretary said 5,000 HGV fuel tanker and food lorry drivers could stay until December 24.

    Paperwork for 5,500 poultry workers will also be signed off to ensure turkeys are ready for Christmas Day.

    Mr Shapps said: “After a very difficult 18 months, I know how important this Christmas is for all of us.

    “That’s why we’re taking these steps at the earliest opportunity to ensure preparations remain on track.”

    Read the article in full here.

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    Explained: Why are petrol stations closing?

    Industry experts have said that there is no shortage of petrol, but there have been problems with a lack of lorry drivers to get it to the right place.

    Panic buying has exacerbated things, with many petrol stations reporting long queues as everybody rushes to top up their tanks.

    Some have been unable to keep up with the unexpected demand and have been forced to shut temporarily while they wait for deliveries.

    Full closures seem to be rare, but several supermarket and service station bosses have reported that they are running out of specific types of fuel in between new deliveries.

    One petrol station manager told 5Live Breakfast: "At least once a week now, we're having to switch diesel or unleaded off. It's an issue, but it's not an issue from our fuel suppliers because there's plenty of fuel out there."

    Drivers have been urged not to stockpile fuel, as it will only cause more widespread closures, and could have more severe consequences if emergency services workers are stuck in long queues or unable to get petrol when it's needed.

    Panic buying and a lack of lorry drivers is forcing some petrol stations to shut as they run out of fuel Credit: Stephen Huntley/HVC
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    Chilled food distributor goes bust

    MORE than 400 jobs are at risk after a food distributor used by Asda and Sainsbury's went bust amid a shortage of lorry drivers.

    EVCL Chill, based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, which delivers chilled food to major supermarkets, was plunged into administration.

    Administrators PWC said shortages of HGV drivers and the loss of key customers during the pandemic had hit the firm.

    It comes as up to 5,000 lorry drivers from Europe are to be allowed into the UK in a bid to ease the truck driver crisis.

    Under Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan, military driving examiners will be brought in to increase the number of HGV tests so more British drivers can get on the road.

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    Why is there a driver shortage?

    While there is plenty of fuel, there are not enough HGV drivers to transport it.

    Balmer said: “Like many industries, the retail fuels sector is under supply pressure from a lack of trained HGV drivers.”

    The PRA said some forecourts are experiencing delayed deliveries and issues “appear to be confined to London and the South-East and appear to be temporary”.  

    Rod McKenzie from the Road Haulage Association told BBC Breakfast the industry was 100,000 drivers short at the moment, which is causing supply issues up and down the country.

    He said drivers leaving the country due to Brexit, trucker training tests cancelled because of the pandemic, and many drivers retiring was creating a “perfect storm”.

    The Sun recently launched a campaign to help recruit thousands of HGV drivers.

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    Add ‘a little bit’ of fuel

    DRIVERS have been told not to panic buy amid lorry driver shortage fears.

    BP and Tesco have been forced to close a “handful” of petrol stations because of a shortage of drivers preventing supplies getting to forecourts.

    Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) says drivers should add “a little bit” of petrol to their cars in the “rare instance” that their garage is lacking supplies.

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