Your rights if you can't get to work or take kids to school because of fuel crisis

Long lines were seen in forecourts across the country as drivers desperately tried to refuel their vehicles.

But the government insists there is no shortage of fuel and blames panic buying for the supply problems, the reports mirrors.

On the opening day of the Tory party conference in Manchester, Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted that the fuel crisis “subsides” despite persistent reports of long queues for gasoline in some parts of the country.

Mr Johnson said the problem in the forecourt – triggered by reports that a shortage of tanker drivers was affecting deliveries – was “basically one of the supply.”

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His comments come as military drivers prepare to take to the streets for the first time on Monday to support the gas station maintenance operation.

In the coming week around 100 trained drivers are to be deployed with a further 100 support troops, despite repeated assurances from the ministers that the situation will “stabilize”.

Spiegel legal expert Dean Dunham has issued some advice for anyone concerned about fuel issues affecting their labor rights.

Here are some key points:

Can someone be fired if they fail to come to work because of a lack of fuel?

Dean says, “Your employer couldn’t fire you straight away just because you couldn’t get to work because of the fuel shortage. This would likely be construed as an unjustified layoff.

“Your position will be further strengthened if the nature of your job allows you to work from home until the problem is resolved.

“You are entitled to take time off to care for your children when the lack of fuel prevents you from going to school. However, if you take time off and cannot work from home, your employer has no obligation to pay you.”

Can you be fined for not sending children to school?

Parents are usually fined if a child is late at least 10 times in three months.

However, if it can be shown that the fuel shortage is to blame, it is unlikely that a fine will be imposed.

What rights do you have if services fail or are interrupted?

Bookings for taxis and private transport have already been interrupted and deliveries have been delayed due to the fuel problem.

Dean says, “In all of these situations, you have a contract – in some cases an oral contract – that provides for a service to be provided to you for a fee.

“If the dealer does not provide the service or does not provide everything that has been agreed, you usually have a claim for breach of contract.

But here it is likely that the trader is claiming that a force majeure event – that is, force majeure or unforeseen circumstances – caused the breach.

“Unless they have a written stipulation in the contract or terms and conditions that a fuel shortage is deemed to be force majeure is not a valid reason to breach the contract.”

At the very least, a customer should request a full refund or a partial refund when part of the service is provided.

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