- Title: Panic buying leaves up to 90% of fuel pumps dry in major British cities
- Date: 27th September 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (REUTERS) TRAFFIC JAM OUTSIDE FUEL STATION CARS QUEUED UP OUTSIDE ESSO FUEL STATION ESSO SIGN / TRAFFIC QUEUED, CAR HORNS BEEPING CARS QUEUING FOR FUEL / FUEL STATION FUEL PUMPS PERSON FILLING CAR WITH PETROL CARS AT FUEL STATION CARS QUEUING FOR FUEL CARS OUTSIDE ESSO FUEL STATION SIGN READING 'ESSO' CARS MOVING IN QUEUE TOWARDS ESSO PETROL STATION KENT, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (REUTERS) CARS QUEUING OUTSIDE BP FUEL STATION BP LOGO ON FUEL STATION EMPTY BP FUEL STATION VARIOUS OF SIGN READING (English): "SORRY, NO FUEL" VARIOUS OF SIGN READING (English): "Sorry, out of use" ON FUEL PUMP EMPTY FUEL STATION LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (REUTERS) EMPTY SHELL STATION SIGN READING (English): "Way in" / EMPTY FUEL STATION VARIOUS OF SIGN READING (English): "SORRY, FUEL IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE" OUTSIDE SHELL STATION SIGNS READING (English): "Sorry out of use" ON FUEL PUMPS FUEL PIPES VARIOUS OF PROMOTIONAL SIGN ADVERTISING CHANCE TO WIN PRIZE / FUEL PUMPS WITH SIGNS READING (English): "Sorry out of use" SHELL STATION
- Embargoed: 11th October 2021 11:42
- Keywords: Brexit Fuel shortage UK fuel shortage driver shortage fuel stations hauliers panic buying petrol shortage post-Brexit
- Location: LONDON AND KENT, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON AND KENT, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: UK
- Topics: Europe,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWHWMRR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Up to 90% of British fuel stations ran dry across major English cities on Monday (September 27) after panic buying deepened a supply chain crisis triggered by a shortage of truckers that retailers are warning could batter the world's fifth-largest economy.
A dire post-Brexit shortage of lorry drivers emerging after the COVID-19 pandemic has sown chaos through British supply chains in everything from food to fuel, raising the spectre of disruptions and price rises in the run-up to Christmas.
Just days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government spent millions of pounds to avert a food shortage due to a spike in prices for natural gas, the biggest cost in fertilizer production, ministers asked people to refrain from panic buying.
But queues of dozens of cars snaked back from petrol stations across the country on Sunday (September 26), swallowing up supplies and forcing many gas stations to simply close. Pumps across British cities were either closed or had signs saying fuel was unavailable on Monday, Reuters reporters said.
The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents independent fuel retailers which now account for 65% of all UK forecourts, said members had reported that 50% to 90% of pumps were dry in some areas.
Britain is considering calling in the army to ensure fuel supplies reach consumers, according to The Times and Financial Times.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said there was no shortage of fuel and urged people to refrain from panic buying.
Hauliers, gas stations, and retailers warned that there were no quick fixes, however, as the shortfall of truck drivers - estimated to be around 100,000 - was so acute, and because transporting fuel demands additional training and licensing.
(Production: Gerry Mey, Lucy Marks)
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