Industry leaders insisted that petrol shortages should be reduced “within days” despite the pumps drying up.
Giants including BP, Shell and Eso have predicted that demand will fall soon as many drivers now have full tanks.
But, as 150 soldiers were being trained to operate British tankers, there were calls to prioritize refueling key workers.
“Essential services must continue,” said Alex Cole Hamilton, owner of Lab Dam.
His fellow politicians as well as industry bodies called on the ministers to draw up emergency plans to keep key workers on the road if fuel shortages persisted.
The call came as angry Scots again encountered large queues at petrol stations to sign off or fill up.
And, on days of confusion across the UK, 150 soldiers were being trained to operate tankers – just hours later the British cabinet minister said there were no reductions or plans for the army.
Alex Cole Hamilton, leader of Scottish Labs Dam, said: “If the current shortage persists and the supply at the pump begins to dwindle, the public will want to ensure that NHS staff and other key workers have priority access to fuel. Will be given
These essential services should continue while the ministers are facing supply problems.
“It would be unforgivable if nurses and doctors were struggling to get to work or were forced to close schools.
“Catastrophic Conservative handling has taken us down the road.
Now, the Scottish Government must make sure it is doing everything it can to add to the crisis.
UNICEF General Secretary Christina McAnna added: “Essential staff must be able to find their jobs so that they can continue to provide the services on which many people depend.
“Ambulance staff, nurses, care workers, teaching assistants, police personnel and other key workers should not be stranded or forced to stand in line for hours to get to the pump.”
And Dr. Chand Nagpal of the British Medical Association said: “As the pumps dry up, there is a real danger that NHS staff will not be able to do their jobs and provide the necessary services and care.” Will be able to do what is urgently needed.
“Healthcare and essential workers should be given priority access to fuel so that they can continue their important work and guarantee patient care.”
Disappointed motorcyclists still face “out of use” signs at gas stations across the country, including at Craiglath Retail Park in Edinburgh, Sensbury.
Similar scenes were seen with drivers on the forecourt of a supermarket chain in Woodlands, Glasgow.
Others had to wait in line at Tesco’s West Lutheran Bath Gate.
Firefighters attempting to refuel the shell garage at Dumfreeze were only allowed a quarter of the tank.
Deputy First Minister John Sweeney insisted that Scotland had “adequate” supplies to “meet normal procurement patterns”.
But he acknowledged: “It simply came to our notice then.
“In the general procurement style, I believe there is a distribution system that can properly supply petrol stations.
“But obviously, if there is a growing demand for fuel, it will put pressure on distribution companies to meet that demand everywhere.”
Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray said: “The SNP can reduce everything to its liking, but empty petrol stations across the country speak volumes.
If the government wants to stop panicking, it needs to come up with a realistic strategy to get fuel across the country.
Trips on standby.
“The SNP cannot ignore the issues until they reach the point of crisis. Now is the time to get involved and take some responsibility.”
Mr Cole-Hamilton added: “I don’t think the Deputy Prime Minister wants to frighten anyone, but I hope they are in a hurry to resolve the crisis behind the scenes.
“Fuel is of no use to anyone sitting in the back of a tanker in a depot or without a driver.”
The UK Business Department has formally requested that the Ministry of Defense co-operate in the distribution of fuel around the UK.
About 150 skilled soldiers will be trained to work with highly flammable fuels and will be on standby in the coming weeks.
Earlier, UK Environment Secretary George Justus claimed: “HGV drivers had some shortcomings in getting petrol to fork courts but in reality it is very limited.”
He added: “At the moment we have no plans to bring in the army for driving.”
Labor’s Rachel Reeves said the ministers were “sleeping on wheels”, while Defense Secretary Ben Wallace added: “The armed forces are ready to ease the traffic congestion where they feel the most.”
And business secretary Kosi Quarting said: “Although the fuel industry expects demand to return to normal in the coming days, it is only right that we take this prudent and precautionary measure.”
But the Petrol Retailers Association said the army would not be a “magic lever” and the chaos could continue for weeks.
Asked by BBC Radio Scotland, Mr Sweeney said the Scottish government had not discussed with the military the use of troops to operate petrol tankers.
Amid pressure on the NHS, Hollyroad drafted troops to help drive non-emergency vehicles for the Scottish Ambulance Service, which Mr Sweeney said would be reviewed in November.
Asked about supplies for Christmas, Mr Sweeney said that in addition to the shortage of drivers, Bridget had caused problems in trade between Scotland and the continent.
The UK’s fuel industry – including BP, Shell and ESO – emphasized in a joint statement that it was working with the government to ensure adequate fuel access.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy added: “There is a lot of fuel in the UK’s refineries and terminals. As many cars now carry more fuel than usual, we expect demand to return to normal in the coming days. Will come
Martin Reid of RHA Scotland and Northern Ireland said the rush at the pumps was still causing some delays for truck drivers.
“Panic buying is exacerbating supply problems but will run out of fuel,” he added.
In the south, meanwhile, Cambridge drivers faced long queues at forkcourts.
Elsewhere, taxi drivers claimed that thieves had drilled holes in their petrol tanks, and passengers said some Ober trips had doubled in price with demand.
A woman fills her car at a gas station – then empties two plastic water bottles into a box and fills them up.
The motorcycle was spotted at a Komhum Services shell garage on the Surrey M25.
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