Government asks German residents to drive lorries even if they never have before
UK shoppers have been warned they should buy their Christmas dinner soon and put it in the freezer to avoid disappointment, as Boris Johnson’s plan to give 5,000 foreign lorry drivers temporary visas continues to be panned.
The government hopes that workers brought in from overseas will help “save” the holiday but food and haulage industry leaders were quick to pour cold water on the scheme.
“Ultimately, now I think we have just run out of time,” James Withers, of Scotland Food & Drink, told The Independent. “I don’t think there is anything that can be done now to get the Christmas trade where it should be.”
Germans based in Britain were sent a letter by the Department for Transport, signed by transport minister Baroness Vere, asking them to “consider returning” to the HGV driving sector. “Your valuable skills and experience have never been more needed than they are now,” it states, as the government scrambles to counter shortages.
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Map shows areas hit hardest by UK’s fuel crisis
A traffic light system has been drawn up to monitor the current fuel shortage crisis.
According to Whitehall’s own analysis, London, the South East, the North West, the West Midlands and the East Midlands have fuel levels at less than 20 percent, putting them in the red, the Times reported.
Yorkshire, the North East and Wales, places which have seen supplies increasing, have been moved from red to amber.
Scotland will be moving from amber to green and Northern Ireland is already in the green.
However, average fuel levels at forecourts remain at 20 percent for the fourth day running, compared with a usual 43 percent.
Ella Glover1 October 2021 19:06
‘Less out-of-fuel breakdowns’ but smaller fuel stations struggling, motoring group says
While the fuel shortage crisis continues to ease, smaller, independent fuel stations are expected to struggle this weekend, a motoring group has said.
The RAC motoring group said that the number of out-of-fuel breakdowns its patrol vehicles dealt with on Thursday is down from Monday but still stands at nearly five times the usual number.
RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “While the fuel delivery situation continues to improve in many areas, that’s sadly not the case right across the country.
“Those drivers that rely on independent forecourts, especially where there aren’t any supermarkets selling fuel, may still be struggling to fill up.”
Ella Glover1 October 2021 18:29
Johnson says we can ‘trust’ police, admits problem
The Prime Minister has said “we can trust the police” but said “there is a problem” with the way cases of rape and violence against women are handled.
He said there are “too few prosecutions for rape and too few successful prosecutions, too few convictions.”
However, he said he is working with a taskforce to “compress that timetable between a woman’s complaint about what has happened and any action”.
In an interview with broadcasters, Boris Johnson said: “I do believe in the police. I do think that we can trust the police. And I think the police do a wonderful, wonderful job.
“But there is a problem. And there is a problem in the way we handle rape, domestic violence, sexual violence and the way we handle the complaints of women and girls. And it’s overwhelmingly women and girls.
“And, although the incidence of some of these serious crimes is not actually going up in the way that you might think – we are having success in getting many crime types down – the problem is we have too few prosecutions for rape and too few successful prosecutions, too few convictions.
“And so yesterday I got together the crime and justice taskforce, again, and what we’re trying to do is compress that timetable between a woman’s complaint about what has happened and any action, whether it’s the court proceeding, or the conviction, or whatever.
“Because the time from report to referral, from referral to the court proceedings, from court proceedings to the conclusion, all three of those segments is far too long. And what you’re seeing is the whole system snarled up with evidential problems, with data issues, with mobile phones disclosure, all that kind of stuff, and it’s a nightmare for the women concerned. So we’ve got to fix it.”
Ella Glover1 October 2021 17:31
Ireland won’t see same lorry driver shortages as UK, says premier
Irish premier Michael Martin has said Ireland will not see the same problems…