Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

A Surrey school reportedly wrote to parents this weekend saying that “the current petrol crisis could potentially disrupt school next week” and that lessons may have to go back online.

One union admitted that while it did not want to cause panic, it was preparing behind the scenes to advise members to look at their home-learning contingency plans.

Taxi drivers and tradespeople also warned that the shortage would impact their livelihoods and customers.

Taxi drivers are turning down work to conserve what little fuel they have left for regular jobs ferrying children with special needs to school or elderly patients to hospital appointments.

‘No fuel means I can’t drive, which means I can’t get to jobs’

David Lawrie, the director of the Manchester-based National Private Hire and Taxi Association, said that if his drivers could not work it would have a huge knock-on effect on local communities.

“The shortage has been created by panic buying,” he said. “We’re seeing people turn up in old cars they haven’t driven for weeks or gas-guzzling 4X4s, filling them up with £70 worth of fuel just to sit on the drive.”

Self-employed electrician Roland McKibbin, 31, from Beckenham, south-east London, visited four petrol stations and then faced a 90-minute wait before he was able to half-fill his tank on Monday.

“No fuel means I can’t drive, which means I can’t get to jobs with my tools,” he said.

“The panic buying idiots have lost me income, and directly taken food off the table for my wife and five-year-old son, because I can’t wire people’s houses from home, unfortunately.”

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