Echoes of Tony Blair’s Fuel Crisis in 2000 as UK Petrol Stations Run Out Due to Trucker Shortage


By Chris Summers

Tony Blair’s Labour government was faced with a crisis in September 2000 when up to 3,000 petrol stations ran out of fuel. The crisis had been caused by farmers and lorry drivers blockading oil refineries and panic buying of petrol.

The British government has promised to take measures to solve a chronic shortage of lorry drivers which has caused hundreds of petrol stations to shut down temporarily around the country.

The situation has echoes of the crisis which Tony Blair feared would bring down his government in September 2000.

Petrol tanker drivers earn £35k per year yet there’s a shortage of them. At the same time there’s a bunch of over-entitled millennials, complaining that there aren’t enough well-paid jobs. How does that work?

— Dave Gammon 🇬🇧 (@Didling11) September 23, 2021

The British economy is just emerging from the pandemic but has been buffeted by a rise in wholesale gas prices and a shortage of truckers caused at least in part by Brexit, which has reduced the number of EU nationals working in the UK.

Publish : 2021-09-24 19:12:00

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