Will a Tanker driver strike affect you?

Fewer petrol stations will mean longer queues. Are you prepared for this?

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So, it looks like we may be heading for another strike by the tanker drivers. Leaving aside the merits, or otherwise, of their case, there is a clear Business Continuity issue here.

If your company relies on road transport for anything (I reckon that means approx 99% of UK companies) then any form of transport disruption is likely to affect you; or have the potential to do so. Hopefully, your Business Continuity Plan has included measures on how to deal with this.

There was an interesting comment on the BBC News this morning (27/3/2012) that bears some thought. We last had a tanker strike in 2000. Since that time there has been significant contraction in the fuel retailing industry. In other terms; there are considerably fewer petrol stations in the UK now than there were in 2000.

The consequence is that there is less fuel in tanks around the country. It also means that queues are likely to be longer at those petrol stations that still exist.

Is your business prepared for this? If you are a haulier, do you have your own fuel storage? Perhaps you should.

Image by Duncanbourne (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


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