Boris Johnson was under pressure today to break his silence on the fuel crisis amid warnings that shortages could last for weeks unless consumers change their behaviour.
The prime minister put the armed forces on formal notice yesterday to prepare 150 military personnel to drive tankers. Up to 80 will be ready for deployment by the end of this week.
The government was also under increasing pressure to give key workers priority at the pumps, with the British Medical Association warning there was a “real risk” that NHS staff would be unable to do their jobs.
However, Mike Granatt, a former government official who set up the civil contingencies secretariat and worked on the petrol crisis of 2000, warned that only a change in consumer