The fuel industry has assured motorists it expects the panic-buying of petrol and diesel at current rates to slow as the government has confirmed that it has no plans to ‘bring in the army’.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “We’ve no plans at the moment to bring in the army to actually do driving”, despite reports surfacing stating the opposite earlier today. Environment Secretary George
Eustice said that the MoD is helping train HGV drivers but soldiers are not expected to be driving lorries themselves.
In a joint statement, fuel firms also called for drivers to stop panic buying and providing some reassurance on the matter.
The statement reads: “There is plenty of fuel at UK refineries and terminals, and as an industry we are working closely with the government to help ensure fuel is available to be delivered to stations across the country.
“As many cars are now holding more fuel than usual, we expect that demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, easing pressures on fuel station forecourts. We would encourage everyone to buy fuel as they usually would.
“We remain enormously grateful to all forecourt staff and HGV drivers for working tirelessly to maintain supplies during this time.”