The Retail Motor Industry's Chairman, Brian Madderson has written in a letter to the Energy Secretary saying that petrol retailers have had their confidence "abruptly shaken", following the recent fuel crisis. Mr Madderson told Ed Davey:
Independent petrol retailers across the UK have had their confidence shaken by the Government's inability to manage the issue of a potential industrial dispute by Unite affiliated tanker drivers.
– Brian Madderson, Chairman RMI Petrol
It is now very clear to the public and to the media that the Government created a crisis out of a concern, with some ill-conceived recommendations and complete lack of engagement with industry to prepare for possible strike action".