UK: Fuel stations running on empty

In England, the problem of fuel shortages at petrol stations has escalated.

This is due to a shortage of truck drivers delivering fuel from refineries to petrol stations. For a whole year, due to Brexit and the global health crisis, no training was given to new drivers nor were licenses issued.

The British Prime Minister’s Office now wants to issue 5,000 temporary visas to foreign drivers but the industry is saying this is not enough and that the country needs 100,000 more drivers to keep up with demand.

Supermarkets alone, need at least 15,000 drivers to operate at full capacity before Christmas.

The fuel issue is taking place against the backdrop of the crisis that the UK is facing with higher natural gas prices in Europe which is leading to high energy prices and a potential crisis in food supply .