Fuel crisis: 150 Army drivers will start delivering petrol to pumps

German broadcaster comments on Brexit and fuel crisis

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Kwasi Kwarteng said the situation is stabilising despite ordering troops to drive petrol tankers to forecourts. Some 150 military drivers are ready to get behind the wheel “in the next couple of days”. He spoke yesterday as some of the Government’s 80 reserve fuel tankers hit the road with civilians driving them from their depots in Cambridgeshire and West Yorkshire.

The fleet provides the oil industry with greater delivery capacity at times of a national shortage.

Mr Kwarteng told the BBC: “In the next couple of days, people will see some soldiers driving the tanker fleet.

“The situation is stabilising. We’re getting petrol into the ­forecourts and yesterday that was matched by the sales. The sooner we can all return to our normal buying habits, the sooner the situation will return to normal.”

However there could be further woes for motorists amid fears of record petrol prices. The RAC said average prices could hit 143p per litre for petrol and 145p per litre for diesel within weeks due to rising oil costs.

That is up from the current 135p per litre for petrol and 138p per litre for diesel. The previous record was an average 142p for petrol in 2012.

The Petrol Retailers Association backed Mr Kwarteng, saying pressure was easing at the pumps, with forecourts taking more deliveries. The PRA revealed 27 percent of sites ran out of fuel yesterday – compared with two-thirds on Sunday.

A joint statement from the fuel industry said: “While there has always been plenty of fuel at our refineries and terminals, we are now seeing signs that the situation at the pumps has begun to improve.”

AA president Edmund King urged people to be sensible. He said: “We have had reports of drivers dribbling in £1.72p worth of petrol and £2.05 of diesel, which is pretty counter-
productive as they would have used those amounts searching for fuel.”

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