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Q&A: All you need to know about fuel shortages

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With queues across the county and pumps running dry, here's everything you need to know about the ongoing fuel shortages.

What's the current situation

Pumps have run dry and forecourts have been closed off across our region after panic buying swept the county, prompted by fears of a fuel shortage.

However, the government says there is no shortage, merely issues in the supply chain which have caused a slight delay to deliveries.

What is being done about it?

The government is expected to announce a temporary visa scheme to fix the lorry driver shortage, which has been met with both frustration and relief by industry figures and opposition politicians.

Downing Street sources said the scheme, which reports suggest will temporarily lift visa restrictions for foreign drivers, is to be a "short-term solution" to ease pressure on deliveries in the run-up to Christmas.

The Financial Times and the Telegraph reported up to 5,000 temporary visas could be granted for HGV drivers while the FT also said a similar number would be approved for food processing workers,........

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