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Time to get a grip on supply chain crisis as pumps start running dry

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The government needs to get a grip and see the bigger picture, a haulage boss said, as the shortage of drivers saw the pumps start running dry on filling station forecourts.

A handful of filling station closures sparked a stampede for the pumps amid fears of shortages on Friday. By the early afternoon Sainsbury's in Attleborough became the first to close as it ran out of fuel.

Tom Cornwell, regional manager for the Road Haulage Association (RHA), said: "A lot of this is a knock-on effect from the driver shortage.

Sainsbury's petrol station at Attleborough closes as they run out of fuel after customers panic buy - Credit: Denise Bradley

"There's a huge issue at the moment with the haulage companies being able to get enough drivers to make deliveries. The biggest problem is getting the fuel to the pumps."

Industry leaders say there are 100,000 fewer drivers than we need. Tens of thousands of foreign drivers have gone home because of Brexit. Many have quit the industry because of long hours and poor conditions.

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed HGV tests, slowing the flow of newly-qualified drivers coming through to replace........

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