Driving instructor has to cancel lessons because of ‘pathetic’ panicked shoppers

A driving instructor has called panicked shoppers after he was forced to cancel lessons because he didn’t have access to fuel.

Paul Allaway, from Helston, called those who flock to refuel their cars unnecessarily “pathetic” and said they were inconsiderate of those who depend on their cars for a living.

He estimated that not being able to refuel would cost him £1,000.

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Paul, who fills up his car between classes, couldn’t because the queues are too long.

He had to cancel several practice sessions this weekend because he’s either unable to get fuel, the stations are sold out, or they had a delivery and he couldn’t fit it into his schedule.

He said: “I have pupils who need lessons before tests next week and the week after, so it’s important that they stay seated.

“The impact of the panic buying cost me a lot of money over the next few days and students had their classes cancelled.”



Huge queues for Morrisons at Liskeard today (Friday)

Paul informed CornwallLive that due to these cancellations it would cost him £1,000.

He continued: “If I don’t have fuel they can’t learn, I can’t take them for their practical driving tests which means they have to wait another three months.

“What about the people who work in the community, doctors, nurses, paramedics, police? Have they also thought about emergency services and people who really need it like doctors and nurses”

The driving instructor said ‘anger is an understatement’ when describing his feelings about the situation.

Paul said: “People will soon be complaining when they can’t get an ambulance or they are understaffed in the hospital or their house is burning down. It’s pathetic and inconsiderate for others who depend on their car.

“Where is the military in all of this, because many have licenses.”

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Police have pleaded with people in Devon and Cornwall to stop panicking by buying petrol and diesel in the two counties, saying ‘there is no shortage of fuel’.

Devon and Cornwall Police posted the appeal on social media earlier today (September 25) and said panicked shoppers obstructing roads could delay the arrival of emergency services at their destination.

A force spokesman urged people to act “reasonably” and not rush to get fuel if they don’t need it.

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