Fuel strikes – who wins?

Thousands of fuel tanker drivers will be going on strike, possibly as early as Monday 2 April, in protest over terms and conditions and safety, according to the Unite union.

This is the first national industrial campaign action for more than ten years as the last ‘big row’ amongst the industry was back in the millennium.

In what could potentially bring ‘Easter chaos’, according to the Telegraph, the lack of fuel tanker drivers stops fuel being transported around the country, which means cars are left in the proverbial ‘dark’ in terms of power.

Chris Kingshott, managing director for manufacturing at Wincanton, the biggest affected company, said that the strike appeared to be politically motivated and that the workforce across the country is trying to secure the right to bargain.

“They seem to be arguing for national bargaining. It’s impractical and we can’t do it”.

Ed Davey, the minister responsible for energy and climate change, said: “With the London 2012 Olympics approaching, it is unacceptable and selfish to behave in this manner and jeopardise our international reputation.”

With potential problems on the way, a subsequent contingency plan has also been put into action.

The plan primarily includes the government drafting in soldiers to jump in the driver’s seat of the fuel tankers, so that business can continue as usual.

Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, said that stock building is being encouraged so that ‘essential services don’t get left short’.

As the strike poses problems for some motorists on the road, others may scoff at the idea of panic as they own an economical car.

If you own an economical car then you don’t have to visit the pumps as often, which ultimately means, you have got less to worry about.

And it is these owners who will be feeling a little more smug now.

This includes proud owners of the Ford Fiesta Econetic diesel, an incredibly economic model which returns up to 78.5mpg.

Then there’s the Vauxhall Corsa EcoFlex, a car which is so efficient it qualifies for zero roads tax thanks to its frugal engine.

While these cars still need to fuel to go, the coming strike highlights the growing need to squeeze out as much efficiency out of your car as possible in future.

Rising petrol and diesel prices have seen to that – so why not take a look at our green car section to find the best green car for you?