The Fuel Crisis: have you been affected?

Siân Roche and I teamed up to ask members of the public about their experiences and opinions

ABOVE: UEA Journalism students conducting interviews in front of the Forum [credit: Maja Anushka]

An issue which has been dominating the news cycle this month is that of fuel shortages. Cities across the country struggled as they were unable to get enough petrol and diesel deliveries to their fuel stations.

The UK has lost huge numbers of Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers over the last two years. This is due to both new Brexit rules on immigrant workers and the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many European drivers to return to their home countries.

Last week, the UK government announced that almost 200 Armed Forces personnel have been brought in to drive HGVs. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said: “It’s important to stress there is no national shortage of fuel in the UK, and people should continue to buy fuel as normal.”

But what do the people of Norwich think of the fuel crisis and the government’s response?

Camerawork, audio, and editing by Maja Anushka. Interviews by Siân Roche.

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