Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Monday, September 27, 2021
Action to address the shortage of HGV drivers and secure fuel supplies
There is no shortage of fuel in the UK. A spike in localised demand has led to increased pressures at our petrol stations - and the government will take whatever action is necessary to resolve this.
The government is implementing The Downstream Oil Protocol – a temporary exemption to competition laws to enable information sharing between petrol stations – and also introducing short term visas for HGV drivers, increasing HGV testing, and establishing skills bootcamps to train up to 3,000 more people to become HGV drivers and provide more resilience in the system.
These measures will help petrol stations to respond to the increased demand – and we urge all drivers to act responsibly in filling up their cars.