London, England | Gasoline shortage in the UK The head of the British Gas Stations Association told the BBC on Monday that it was due to “panic buying”, while local newspapers reported that the government was considering appealing to the army to deliver fuel.
“One of our members received a container at noon and by the end of the afternoon it was completely gone” in people’s cars, added PRA official Brian Maderson.
He explained that stations were mainly lacking in gasoline in urban areas of the country while Northern Ireland seemed to have been spared the problem so far.
The surge in gasoline demand has led the People’s Republic of China to warn that up to two-thirds of its members at nearly 5,500 independent locations out of a total of 8,000 petrol stations across the country ran out of fuel on Sunday, “and the rest is almost dry.”
In recent days and despite calls from the government not to panic, gas stations have been hit by a storm due to an out-of-stock that is also affecting the shelves of agri-food products.
Facing a growing shortage, mainly due to a shortage of truck drivers, London finally decided on Saturday to change its post-Brexit immigration policy and grant up to 10,500 temporary work visas.
These three-month permits, from October to December, should make up for a stark shortage of truck drivers, but also staff in key sectors of the British economy, such as poultry farming.
According to the British press, the government is considering the possibility of inviting the army to alleviate this shortage in the short term.
For his part, Minister of Business and Energy Kwasi Kwarting, in a statement on Sunday, said he has temporarily exempted the fuel distributors sector from competition rules so that they can prioritize the areas that need it most.
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