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It's funny how (fuel shortages)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Slam62, 23 Sep 2021.

  1. cheesefest

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Jul 2021

    Posts: 1,109

    Location: Land of Gin (I wish)

    Work was horrendous. My store doesn’t have a petrol station. The problem is a larger store, a few away - their only vehicle entrance is shared with the petrol station and only one car wide!

    So customers decided to visit our store and not the competition in the same town.

    Had a panic attack which came from nowhere!

    My mental health can’t cope with this anymore
     
  2. Nasher

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 Nov 2006

    Posts: 21,830

    Yea I'm seeing that all over. I live in a small town with a Sainburys in the middle, which also has one entrance for everything. People are queued down the high street and blocking everything. The only way to get to the shops is walk in.

    If I was running it I'd say close the forecourt when the tanks are half way down and only allow in emergency vehicles and police.
     
    Last edited: 26 Sep 2021
  3. WoZZeR

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Jan 2007

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    Location: Northampton

    Also roads are dire now, most of the major routes are start/stop on a regular basis, most big distribution centres/factories give you 30 minutes to an hour either side of your booking time, outside this and they will make you wait at their leisure, so rubbish run down the motorway often leads to a long day sitting around waiting. Add to this periodic CPC training, efficient economical driving trackers scoring the drivers on their performance and lastly the drivers hours rules including the wtd and it's easy to see why people would prefer a job where they can get home for tea instead of having a rubbish meal at the services and a disturbed nights sleep in the cab.
     
  4. =XDC=FluphyBunny

    Mobster

    Joined: 16 Feb 2010

    Posts: 4,821

    Location: North East England

    There may be a lack of HGV drivers but I this has nothing to do with this so called fuel shortage. This was led by the media and created by the stupid.

    Also from what I remember fuel delivery drivers were on a good wage. The ones I knew certainly weren’t badly paid and went home every night.
     
  5. Jokester

    Don

    Joined: 7 Aug 2003

    Posts: 42,462

    Location: Aberdeenshire

    Ultimately this is a win for the governement, as when the panic buying stops because people can't fill their cars up any further, they can say the visa scheme is a great success even though it does nothing to address the issue.
     
  6. cheesefest

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Jul 2021

    Posts: 1,109

    Location: Land of Gin (I wish)

    Think all new supermarkets with petrol stations need two entrances. One for petrol station and one for supermarket. Just in case this situation ever happens again.

    Also a few years ago I remember going to a supermarket petrol station which was on the other side of the road. Though must be a pain in the backside for staff moving things like bottles of soft drink, newspapers, sweets etc across the road.
     
  7. Stumble Bum

    Mobster

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  8. Craterloads

    Sgarrista

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    Location: North

    So is a HGV driver a worthwhile career to go into now?
     
  9. Dis86

    Suspended

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    Posts: 28,576

    Location: Northern England

    Depends, can you do something that's better? If not, yes.
     
  10. Lmg80

    Hitman

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    Just popped out now to my local, busier than usual but 5min wait. Laughing at those who have wasted countless time queuing since Friday and weekend.
    Just checked Google maps for traffic, Tesco was 'busier than usual', independent straight onto the forecourt yet took longer as both vans in front brimmed.
    If I could not fill up, it would have just been WFH
     
  11. WoZZeR

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Jan 2007

    Posts: 2,009

    Location: Northampton

    We've had 3 pay rises this year plus a couple of bonus schemes
     
  12. Mikeey

    Gangster

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    True. Plus a lot of road diversions taking place at night must be a nightmare as well.
     
  13. mikeo

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 2,691

    Location: SW Scotland

    Madness... our small independent petrol station is now out of fuel! WTF!!

    The woman who runs it said that they sold more fuel over the weekend, then they would in a normal week! I rather hope when they next get a fuel delivery, that they start limiting the amount people can buy (excluding emergency services etc.). If I run out, then it's more than an hour and a half round trip (on unpaved / unlit roads / no buses) to reach any sort of shop to buy even a loaf of bread.

    It will be like when the panic buying started last year, folks driving from town coming and stripping the selves bare in local rural shops. A couple of the local stores even started only serving locals that they knew. As it's their custom that keeps these sorts of shops open all year.

    Life....
     
  14. cheesefest

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Jul 2021

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    Location: Land of Gin (I wish)

    One road closure of a strip of road about 300m for night repairs has caused diversions of 22 miles! Some roads on diversion has sharp bends. Must be a nightmare for drivers
     
  15. GR63

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Herts

    it will pass. only so many idiots can brim their tanks and only once....
     
  16. Uther

    Capodecina

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    Then they'll go back with jerry cans...
     
  17. GR63

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Herts

    and once those are full the idiocy will pass...
     
  18. cheesefest

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Land of Gin (I wish)

    Someone on marketplace on FB is selling 5l of petrol for £1000! FFS!
     
  19. lsg1r

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Jan 2007

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    Location: King's Lynn

    Had a quick chat with the Tesco delivery driver on Saturday and he said they'd closed the pumps in my local store to all but their delivery vans (and we assumed emergency vehicles) due to lack of supply, this was at 10am in the morning too. So some places are using their head a little.

    No idea what the supply is like right now because everything I've seen online seems to be contradicting another post a few minutes earlier, at least locally.

    Worst thing for me is I do actually need to get some fuel sooner rather than later, getting to that point where I don't have a choice, but at the same time don't actually want to waste what little I have left on a wild goose chase...
     
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  20. Combat squirrel

    Capodecina

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    Brexit's coming home to roost then - ridiculous. there is no fuel issues in the rest of the world, several friends of mine in the EU say its absolutely fine over there, only the UK!