Blackpool courier driver struggles to get fuel leaving her worried for her job

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Heavily reliant on her income from her courier delivery job, Anne Oliver is now concerned about how she’ll make ends meet

 

Anne Oliver works as courier driver and has struggled to get diesel for her car which she needs for work
Anne Oliver works as courier driver and has struggled to get diesel for her car which she needs for work

A self-employed courier driver from Blackpool has shared her concerns after struggling to get fuel for her car, leaving her in limbo as to whether she will have an income to pay the bills.

Anne Oliver, 49, relies on the money she makes as a courier driver, but with petrol stations closing off pumps, she’s been unable to fill up.

Being self-employed means Anne is only paid for the number of parcels she delivers during her rounds which she does with her small diesel car.

 

Without the fuel to see her through delivery rounds, Anne could be left with no money for the day which she says is now a very real possibility for her and one that is weighing on her mind daily.

“I wasn’t too bad over the weekend but yesterday, I was down in the red. I didn’t know if I would get around my rounds but I managed it,” Anne said.

“Today I had to keep an eye out on Facebook to see where has diesel and this morning I ended up queuing for ten minutes – I’ve got it now thankfully but if I don’t have the fuel in my car I can’t go to work.”

Like many drivers who are in desperate need of fuel in their cars, Anne finds herself in frustrating situations where she has to question whether she should get in line to fill up her car.

Despite having filled up half her tank, Anne says she’s worried if the situation doesn’t settle in time for her next fill, she could be in danger of not being able to go to work.

All pumps out of use at a petrol station amid fuel crisis
All pumps out of use at a petrol station amid fuel crisis (Image: James Maloney/LancsLive)

“It’s a big worry,” she said.

“I’ve got half a tank and that will do me until next week but then it’s next week where you’re thinking what if we’re in the same predicament?

“You shouldn’t have to be worrying like that- if I had a car and I wasn’t going anywhere I wouldn’t even bother going to the fuel station and I’d think leave it, let those that need it get it.”

Knowing she’ll be able to work this week has been a relief for Anne but despite that, she still says she’s on edge as her fuel gauge gradually declines each time she gets in and out of her car.

She said: “You’re turning your car off and on, it takes fuel to start it and you’re just worrying all the time now.”

As well as becoming anxious about what the next few days will bring, Anne is now restricting her driving as she’s not confident with taking on anymore extra rounds in fear of running out of fuel too soon.

Tempers flare as motorists queue for fuel amid panic buying
Motorists queue at a Shell garage on the A3218 in west London. The president of the AA says panic-buying rather than supply chain issues is driving the shortage of fuel at some petrol stations.
She said: “I could possibly pick up an extra round from my depot but I can’t do anything like that because I’ve got to think, I need my fuel for my own round.

“I need to make sure my money is coming in from that one at least.

“I just wish people would wake up and think ‘my car’s out of fuel for a while, I’m not going anywhere it’ll be fine’.

“It’s not just delivery drivers, its ambulances, buses and other drivers that are needed to get into work- just think About what you’re doing.”

Many fuel station across the county have experienced outages in their stock levels after a spike in customers panic-buying fuel.

Since Friday (September 24) station managers saw extensive queues, arguing and large quantities of fuel taken up after it was reported that BP had to close a handful of forecourts late last week due to not having any fuel.

Now, the county remains in a worrying situation as drivers scramble for much needed fuel to get them through the week.