“Absolute chaos” as Chesterfield drivers queue to fill up their tanks

This photo shows motorists queuing for fuel at North Wingfield’s Co-op forecourt.

Sunday, 26th September 2021, 12:42 pm

Cars can be seen filing up in lines from the pumps all the way out onto St Lawrence Road.

Co-op worker Gavin Heath, 40 described the situation as “absolute chaos”.

It is understood the station, now completely out of diesel, still has some unleaded.

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Motorists queue out of a garage forecourt onto the road n North Wingfield

The photo mirrors scenes across the country as drivers battle to fill up their empty tanks.

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Panic-buying at fuel forecourts was triggered following reports of a shortage of HGV drivers.

However Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has told the BBC's Andrew Marr there is "no shortage of fuel" and a shortage of HGV drivers was "not anything new".

The UK is said to be short of about 90,000 HGV drivers.

Mr Shapps announced a "big package" of measures – including temporary visas for foreign HGV drivers put off working in the UK due to Brexit – to tackle the crisis.

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