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Britain runs dry: Up to 90 per cent of
forecourts are out of fuel and the rest
are running out quickly as ambulance crashes
into car waiting to fill up and Grant
Shapps says haulier shortage could take
YEARS to fix

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Posted By: Ribicon, 9/26/2021 3:26:42 PM

As many as nine in ten forecourts have run out of fuel with the rest set to run out quickly, experts have warned amid a weekend of chaos that saw an ambulance hit a car in a petrol queue and warnings from a minister that the haulier shortage could take years to fix. More petrol stations were forced to close today amid panic buying and the knock-on impact of the HGV crisis crippling the UK's transport industry.(Snip)Government officials have given the green light for plans to bring in 5,000 foreign lorry drivers to deal with the shortage—with the UK said to be 100,000 HGV drivers short,


Scenes from Soviet Britain, where at least they don't speak German (but do speak many different Arabic and Asian dialects). There's a dire shortage of truck (HGV) drivers, likely through some combination of ridiculous regulations and low pay (high fuel prices have to be offset somehow), so the solution is to import many more New Britons working to work for cheap.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 9/26/2021 3:29:23 PM (No. 927214)
Your word for the day in Brit English: forecourt. The open area that where the petrol (gas) pumps are located. Tomorrow: sod. One of my favorites.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: udanja99 9/26/2021 3:46:52 PM (No. 927227)
Does anyone know if we were selling our excess oil to GB last year? I can’t remember but, If we were, I hope that the Brits are happy now that they don’t have PDT around. I guess trying to get oil from Putin is better than reading mean tweets.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 9/26/2021 4:04:52 PM (No. 927241)
OK, I've been reading British racing reports and road tests since the 60s, and visited the country many times, but "forecourt" is a new one to me. In any's a feature, not a bug. The leftists are displeased that ordinary folks can travel where ever they want whenever they want. Apparently, that should be only for the special people. So, they are fixing it so that you can't have fuel for long range cars, and perhaps soon can only by pathetic little short range electric things.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 9/26/2021 4:05:33 PM (No. 927243)
Have they shut down the North Sea oil platforms?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna 9/26/2021 4:23:51 PM (No. 927255)
We are in no position to feel haulier than thou.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: panther361 9/26/2021 4:45:08 PM (No. 927268)
I suspect forecourt and possibly haulier, of which I am not familiar either, are probably "Newspeak". Reference 1984.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Ketchuplover 9/26/2021 4:47:37 PM (No. 927269)
Sure, bring in 5000 foreign semi-truck tanker drivers to drive in a country that drives on the "wrong" side of the road. What could possibly go wrong?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird 9/26/2021 4:50:58 PM (No. 927272)
Re #6, no. Britspeak for Brits. If we’re going to read a UK tabloid as much as we are expected to do here, we shouldn’t complain about the language. It’s for them, not the tourists.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rumblehog 9/26/2021 5:17:42 PM (No. 927289)
The world is starting to look a lot like "Atlas Shrugged."
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 9/26/2021 5:38:46 PM (No. 927303)
I'm fairly well versed in the British language. I know what a "white van man" is and what "fly tipping" is and what "dodgems" are.. But - - "forecourt" is a new one to me too. I thought they were talking about a tennis match.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: bad-hair 9/26/2021 6:15:11 PM (No. 927320)
Spot on #9 I shrugged a long time ago and I ain't Atlas. Who is John Galt ? I'm wondering if this is not more than a push to well regulated PUBLIC TRANSPRT.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 9/26/2021 6:16:34 PM (No. 927321)
One of the first things to be restricted in an oppressive society is travel. Its happening in Britain. Atlas Shrugged indeed.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: sw penn 9/26/2021 6:45:43 PM (No. 927338)
What's the goovermint going to do?! What's the goovermint going to do?! The goovermint is going to introduce even more distortions to the market like they always do... The goovermint is how you got here in the first place, Dumas.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird 9/26/2021 6:53:31 PM (No. 927346)
Re #10, depends upon the neighborhood. :-)
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Reply 15 - Posted by: scottj 9/26/2021 7:39:37 PM (No. 927380)
This just highlights how stupid liberals are.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: RuckusTom 9/26/2021 8:19:38 PM (No. 927397)
How are those wind farms working out? Weren't they supposed to save everything?
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Reply 17 - Posted by: downnout 9/26/2021 8:36:52 PM (No. 927407)
Wait, you mean they have run out of fossil fuels? They should be celebrating! S/
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Reply 18 - Posted by: learner 9/27/2021 11:40:33 AM (No. 927891)
Looks like they are also paying about $8 a gallon for the privilege of driving.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: KTWO 9/27/2021 12:06:43 PM (No. 927921)
This looks like we-made-a-panic journalism to me. Where did all those truck drivers go? 100,000 didn't vanish unless the government ordered them gone. Rationally one would expect motor fuel consumption to now be falling in the UK. Wouldn't you drive as little as possible while stations are said to be out of fuel? And with that lower fuel consumption won't the tankers soon be able to deliver enough fuel to refill the stations? Meso confused.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel 9/27/2021 12:30:44 PM (No. 927945)
Having been a care-giver for a '65 Jag XKE, for 12 years, I became most acquainted with their terminology. The hood is the bonnet, the trunk is the.boot, a wrench is a spanner, and anything that needs work requires British Leyland special tool # whatever. But I always thought that forecourt involved getting your date into the Jag prior to play.
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