UK gas stations are still running out of fuel, an association of distributors warned Thursday, contradicting government claims that shortages were easing.
The Petrol Retailers Association, which represents 65% of UK service stations, “reports that although (its members) continue to receive deliveries of fuel, it is running out faster than usual due to unprecedented demand, “said director Gordon Balmer.
This statement directly contradicts the Chief Secretary of the Treasury, Simon Clarke, who said the same morning on Sky News that “gas stations receive more fuel than they sell”. “The crisis is now absolutely under control,” he added. But according to the PRA, 27% of its gas stations were still dry on Thursday, or as many as Wednesday. And queues continue to grow in front of gas stations, especially in London and the south of England, despite the government’s promise to make 150 army drivers available and to mobilize the fleet of government tanker trucks
These traffic jams, marked by altercations between nervous motorists, are the latest consequence of the labor shortages caused by the pandemic and Brexit, with delivery problems also affecting supermarket shelves, chains fast food restaurants or even pubs.
“It is important to remember that fuel stocks remain normal at refineries and terminals,” said Mr Balmern, but “deliveries have been reduced due to the shortage of truck drivers,” assessed up to 100,000 according to professionals.
The government keeps repeating that the shortages are due to exceptional demand caused by purchases from consumers worried about running out, as was the case with toilet paper or certain food products at the start of the pandemic.
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UK service stations are still running out of fuel, an association of distributors warned on Thursday, contradicting government claims that shortages were easing. The Petrol Retailers Association, which accounts for 65% of UK service stations , “reports that although (its members) continue to receive shipments from …