Fuel protests hit UK IT industry

It's that $150 tax per barrel

Computer distributors in the UK have heard from their courier that difficulties in sourcing fuel is preventing them from delivering IT kit to their customers.

Amtrak UK told a distributor, who declined to be identified, that the difficulties were now widespread. He received the following memo from the courier.

"Due to the current Nationwide Fuel Situation, Amtrak will have severe delivery difficulties in the following postal code areas tomorrow 12th September 2000:

"TA1 BS1 BL1 BD1 HD1 HR1 M1 L2 CH1 WN1

"By Tuesday 13th September 2000:

"LL1 CM1 SN2

"By Wednesday 14th September 2000:

"SA2 S1 LA2 WA1

"In addition the following areas are affected due to pickets

"EH1 TD1 WA1

Said the distributor: "And just to let you know, the situation is getting quite bad in Milton Keynes. Panic buying is leading to 15-30 minute queues at almost all petrol stations over here - those that still have fuel.

"Here's something to think about - while queuing up for petrol this afternoon (yes - I confess to being a panic buyer) I worked out that OPEC is charging $30 a barrel and our government is taxing us at slightly over $150 a barrel – ouch!"

OPEC is not due to meet for another six months, according to UK cable channel news, this morning.

Amtrak in the UK is understood to organise deliveries for a number of computer distributors in the UK, including Time and Northamber. ®

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