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Sep 2021 24 13:22

Re: Petrol rationing

thecaretaker wrote: Fri, 24th Sep 2021, 11:32am My wife has just got back from doing the weekly shop. She says cars are queuing up at petrol stations everywhere in town. She says she is panicking now as she only has a half tank and is worried she won't be able to fill up. -Angry.png-
I'm in a similar situation.

Car is a bit under half and I would normally leave it until a lot lower but think I need to fill up now but I'm just adding to the problem, right?
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steveg wrote: Fri, 24th Sep 2021, 10:44am Big queue outside the petrol station on my way to work this morning. Can't help but think there would be much less of a problem if the press weren't reporting it as a huge crisis?
Got to agree as a lot of people would have just carried on a normal life, the press love to report things like this to start a panic and more press coverage, lets all run out and stock up on toilet paper. -Happy.png-

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My wife went past a few stations this morning and they were all queueing. Went to the local Sainsburys and although she had to wait, it didn't take long. Her fuel light come on whilst she was waiting.

Nail on the head when you say about panic buying - as soon as you say it, that's the green light to do it. Doesn't help when you have people queueing to put in £5-10 of fuel - you don't need it do you!? Then filling up fuel cans.....

Should have someone on each forecourt checking fuel gauges "More than half there mate, come back tomorrow".

Worse case scenario you'll have to prove where you work to ensure all "critical workers" can get fuel to go to work. Trouble is, that scope was widened to get more kids back into school wasn't it? Very clever Boris..
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eggy wrote: Fri, 24th Sep 2021, 11:26am Wasn't it that with Brexit the workers could register or apply for work visas.
Maybe someone may know more
Only if a person has lived AND worked here for the previous five years. The situation with applying was made extremely difficult, but when you listen to what people had said regarding why they left the UK, almost all had mentioned a hostile environment.

The situation now is that we are have over half a million people in the UK with HGV licenses, but less than 300,000 are actually working in that industry. We need over 100,000 drivers just to begin to get on level terms with deliveries, and then more going forward to aid with increased demand.
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I bet the owners of these filling stations are rubbing their hands together, they started it by reporting to the news about not getting deliveries and soon running out of supplies.
I noticed when passing a few filling stations the price has gone up to £1.40 per litre for both petrol and diesel, plenty of cars queuing as well…
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A couple of opinions- I was told a lot of foreign drivers are making deliveries but going back empty- not cost effective. Petrol- what a way to get people to buy electric!! next we will see an electricity shortage to bump the prices up for electric. Overall the government need to recoup the money spent on covid so target gas, electric, fuel, national insurance, shortages for turkeys, bread, building materials all aimed at pushing inflation up next year (all those things like train travel linked to inflation). The poor will pay for it. Question- if gas is dearer now, how much will a cremation go up????? even taxing the dead -Scared.png-
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Sep 2021 25 09:27

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I remember back in the early Seventies petrol was rationed back then because of the oil crisis. You were limited to 4 gallons and in some smaller filling stations only 2 gallons. You were pumped by an attendant as the pumps were manual back then, they checked your fuel gauge and if you had over half a tank, you were turned away. Some people removed the cable from their tank sender unit to get around this and you would often witness the culprits as their car’s petrol tank would overflow.

I remember queuing once for well over an hour only to be told they had run out. Police often had to intervene because of the traffic build up causing jams, plus queue jumping arguments often broke out into fist fights.

It only lasted 2 or 3 months as I remember but fuel syphoning became a really big thing back then. I had friends with V8 Rovers a Triumph Stag a 3.0 Capri and a Ford Mustang, they really suffered. I was offered a straight swap of the Mustang for my lowly Ford Escort but declined, couldn’t afford the insurance.
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Sep 2021 25 10:54

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I had to smile, of all the jokes doing the rounds, this one has got to be the funniest.

What is the presenters name?

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And it was for real (I think) https://247newsaroundtheworld.com/enter ... rfect-name
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That photo has really tickled my tickle spot. I just emailed a copy to my o'l mum. The more I read it, the funnier it gets. -Big grin.png-

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