Petrol station queues: Chelmsford taxi company drivers abused as staff unable to get fuel – Essex Live

An Essex taxi firm says its staff members have been “abused” after not being able to supply a driver amid the UK petrol crisis.

There have been heavy queues at petrol stations across the country for the last two days as drivers look to top up on fuel amid the widespread HGV driver shortage, despite multiple warnings not to panic buy.

On Friday, fuel giant BP closed a number of petrol stations because of the impact on fuel supply.

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Long queues at forecourts have continued in Essex this weekend and a Chelmsford taxi company says its staff have suffered abuse as a result.

Fareway Taxis said there had been incidents where staff were not able to supply a taxi because of the fuel situation, and this had resulted in “abuse”.

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In a post on Facebook, Fareway Taxis said: “We are in the same position as everyone else with regards to the fuel situation.

“We are doing our utmost to accommodate everyone for their journeys, and our drivers are doing their very best to get fuel where they can and if they can.

“Unfortunately there have been a few incidents where staff have been abused for not being able to supply a taxi, this will not be tolerated, your numbers will be blocked and you won’t be able to use us again.

“Please can we ask you treat all staff as you would wish to be treated.”

Petrol stations across Essex have been affected
Petrol stations across Essex have been affected
(Image: Phil Harris)

Some fuel stations were forced to close on Friday and today (Saturday, September 25) after running out of unleaded petrol.

The Government has stressed, however, that there “is enough petrol” in the country as long as people avoid panic buying, and motorists have been urged to “carry on as normal” by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Following the scenes of the last 24 hours, the Government is considering temporary measures to tackle the shortage of HGV drivers.

However, No. 10 insisted on Friday night that any measures introduced would be “very strictly time-limited” amid reports that Boris Johnson had allowed ministers to relax UK immigration rules to allow more foreign drivers into the country.

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