Hull emergency services urge people not to panic buy fuel

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Hull emergency services urge people not to panic buy fuel

Hull emergency services urge people not to panic buy fuel
2021-09-27 18:19:00
Hull residents should avoid panic buying fuel to prevent disruption to emergency services, local police and ambulance services have said. A senior Yorkshire Ambulance Service official said they had enough fuel for their vehicles but some staff members had faced difficulties getting their own. Click here for the latest traffic and travel news. A Humberside Police spokesperson said there was “no fuel shortage” in the area and urged drivers to carry on as normal as queues at petrol stations could delay emergency services. A spokesperson for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said people should continue to ring them for emergencies as they remain unaffected by the surge in panic petrol buying. The statements come as panic buying which began last week saw around 400 petrol stations impose £30 a car limits to fuel today (Monday, September 27) to conserve dwindling supplies. They also follow a warning from the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) that almost 5,500 independent stations are out of fuel with the rest “running out soon”, according to a members survey. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced yesterday competition laws would be temporarily relaxed to ease shortages. Get the latest news in Hull and East Yorkshire by signing up for updates here. The government is considering drafting in soldiers to deliver fuel to stations, according to reports in The Mirror . John McSorley, strategic commander for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said they currently had enough fuel for their vehicles but “additional measures” could be taken if shortages worsen. The official said: “We have robust business continuity plans in place to ensure we are able to respond to patients needing our assistance and can invoke additional measures should they be required. Check public notices near you “We know that, like many others, some colleagues have found it difficult to obtain fuel for their own vehicles and we have a staff transport plan that can be activated should the situation escalate further.” A Humberside Police spokesperson said people should “behave sensibly” and stop panic buying. The spokesperson said: “Communities in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire are being reminded that there is no fuel shortage in either area and there is no need to panic buy. Watch to find out the latest about current fuel supplies: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “Concerns circulating in the media about a shortage of fuel have led to an increase in the number of motorists visiting filling stations. “This has caused queues and congestion on some roads, which can cause delays to other motorists and have an impact on critical and emergency services. “The current situation will not impact on the service Humberside Police provides to our communities. The panic buying of fuel has already seen petrol stations including BP's on Spring Bank West run dry (Image: Hull Live / Katie Pugh) A Humberside Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We have robust resilient plans and internal procedures in place for a range of emergencies, and we remain unaffected by the current national situation. “Members of the public should continue to call 999 if the need arises.” Meanwhile, both Stagecoach and East Yorkshire Buses, which run routes in Hull and the East Riding, said their services remain unaffected. A

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