Fuel shortages: Grant Shapps warning amid ‘panic buying’ claims as some forecourts close

BP announce petrol station forecourt closures in statement

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BP has closed a number of its petrol stations as they had problems with supplies. It also said that up to 100 of its forecourts were short of at least one grade of fuel.

Many forecourts have complained of fuel shortages, some as early as Wednesday.

A supermarket petrol station in Devon reported running out of fuel by the early afternoon on Wednesday.

A fuel attendant was heard telling drivers: “That’s it now, no more until October.”

BP told the Government on Thursday that it plans to restrict deliveries of petrol and diesel in order to ensure continuity of supply.

This comes as the UK’s HGV driver shortage affects another industry, with many concerned about where it could lead the UK in the run up to winter.

The HGV driver shortage has stemmed for a number of reasons, with many pointing to Brexit and the Covid pandemic as being the main factors resulting in the shortage.

Some estimates show there is a shortage of 100,000 HGV drivers in the UK, with tens of thousands from EU member states not returning.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Britons should carry on as normal amid the threat of panic buying.

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He said: “There is no shortage of petrol, there’s lots of oil in the refineries, this is as has been described a million times as a shortage of drivers.

“This is a global problem after Covid-19 which has led to a shortage of drivers.

“We know there are a lot of drivers who want to take their lorry test, but of course the centres were closed over the coronavirus and about 40,000 couldn’t take their test over that period of time.

“So what we’re doing is moving heaven and earth.

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