Don’t fuel a panic

MOTORISTS are being urged not to panic in the face of possible fuel shortages.

Following a ballot by the union Unite, fuel tanker drivers have voted to undertake strike action, raising concerns over fuel supplies running low at petrol stations.

Working with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), a cross-section of personnel from the Army, Navy and RAF have been pulled for training, which started yesterday, to form 200 tanker crews.

An RAF spokesman said it was ‘a contingency plan only’.

A DECC release stated: “The Government has robust resilience and contingency plans to deal with the event of a strike and has already started to put these in place in order to minimise any disruption to the general public.”

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, said that the Government’s view was that the strike was ‘wrong and unnecessary’ and described it as ‘the wrong action at the wrong time’.