Fuel shortages at petrol stations have dominated national debate over the past few days, but what about Scotland?
Long queues and pump shutdowns have wreaked havoc across the UK, but the problems have nothing to do with fuel shortages.
Here’s what you need to know …
Why is there a shortage of fuel at petrol stations?
There are many reasons for the shortage of fuel at petrol stations, but the good news is that there is no shortage of fuel in the UK.
Instead, it was the lack of HVG drivers that initially meant that fuel could not reach the small number of petrol stations around the UK.
BP had told the UK government last week that due to a shortage of lorry drivers for fuel delivery, it would prioritize motorway services and limit fuel deliveries to keep the supply chain running.
As a result, fuel was not delivered to some stations, causing some pumps to shut down.
This led to long queues and then panic-stricken shopping, with the supermarket Sansbury reporting an increase in fuel demand over the weekend as people rushed to fill up their cars.
According to Edmund King, president of the AA (Automobile Association), the shortage could last a few days if people fill up their cars when needed and avoid panic shopping.
“The good news is that you can only fill up once – you have to use fuel, so it should be a short-term thing,” he said.
“It was not like the fuel crisis in the past when the supplier was affected by strikes and so on.
“So, once people are full, they won’t usually travel much longer, so this pressure on the system should be reduced in the next few days.”
He added that “there is a lot of fuel”, a statement reiterated by Grant Sheppard, the UK’s transport minister, and John Sweeney, Scotland’s first deputy minister.
Speaking on Sunday, Shops said there was “no shortage of fuel”, while Sweeney said there was “adequate supply of fuel to meet normal demand”. Scotland.
What is the government doing to address fuel shortages?
The UK government is reportedly considering easing immigration restrictions to allow more foreign lorry drivers to come and work in the UK on a temporary basis.
The shortage of HVG drivers has been causing problems in various sectors for the past few months, including supermarkets.
There have been mixed reactions to the reported projects.
Tony Danker, director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), called the expected change in visa rules a “great relief” but said it was a shame the government needed queues at pumps.
However, critics of the plan suggest that the government cannot expect workers who have been forced to return on a temporary basis.
Andy Prendergast, national officer of the GMB Union, told the PA News Agency: “Five years ago, the country asked mainly European truck drivers to ride their motorcycles.
“Now we are in a crisis and we are anxious to receive them with open arms. It is not surprising that they are not queuing up to return to the country that drove them out. ۔
“Changing immigration laws or easing driver tests is not the way to address HGV deficiencies. Paying drivers what they deserve, and improving the terrible conditions in the industry.”