Freight firms build fuel stocks for emergencies

9 April 2003
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10 April 2003

Three-quarters of UK freight companies have increased their fuel stocks to guard against terrorist disruptions resulting from the allied invasion of Iraq.

The Freight Transport Association's (FTA) quarterly activity survey found 70 per cent of members had a contingency plan to source additional vehicles and drivers at short notice.

The reason is that the war in Iraq could initiate terrorist attacks that block UK roads, according to the FTA.

An association spokesperson said many lessons had been learnt in recent years.

"The foot and mouth crisis, European blockades of continental roads and large fuel hikes in 2000 have taught the sector to be preventative. The present situation is a search for stability in uncertain times."

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