October 23, 2021

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Many gas stations in the UK have been closed due to fuel shortages

Many gas stations in the UK have been closed due to fuel shortages

LONDON, Sept. 24 (TASR) – Several UK service stations from BP and Esso (a subsidiary of ExxonMobil) had to close on Thursday (September 23) due to running out of fuel. The reason is the lack of truck drivers, causing chaos in the supply chains.

According to the Friday edition of the Times newspaper, at least 50 of BP’s 1,200 gas stations were without at least one type of fuel.

“We work closely with all parties in our distribution network to improve deliveries and minimize any inconvenience to customers.” A spokesman for ExxonMobil said.

The closure of service stations will put pressure on the government in London, which is already facing food shortages due to supply chain problems due to driving and Brexit testing.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office has called on people not to try to make products despite the closure of petrol stations. “There is no shortage of fuel in Britain. People should buy fuel as usual.” A Downing Street spokesman said. He said the government was aware of the challenges facing the industry and was taking steps to support it.

While the government has promised to do everything it can to address the shortage of truck drivers as soon as possible, the freight industry has warned that there are no quick fixes.

For months, supermarkets and farmers have been drawing attention to the shortage of drivers, which could lead to a breakdown in supply chains.

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Asked if Britain would ease visa rules for foreign drivers, Transport Minister Grant Shops said the government was considering all options. At the same time, it rejected industry calls for truck drivers to be added to the special list of sectors affected by labor shortages so that EU (EU) citizens could easily obtain work visas.

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Experts and business leaders say Brexit and the epidemic have reduced the number of truck drivers in the UK, which could have a negative impact on supply chains.

Carriers and logistics companies have warned that any changes in driver checks or visas could be delayed to alleviate the shortage of pre-Christmas items as retailers have been stockpiling for months.