Thousands of UK gas stations run dry as motorists rush to refuel amid a supply disruption due to a shortage of truck drivers
LONDON – Thousands of UK gas stations ran dry on Sunday, an industry group said, as motorists rushed to refuel amid a supply disruption due to a shortage of truck drivers.
The Petrol Retailers Association, which represents nearly 5,500 independent outlets, said about two-thirds of its members say they have run out of fuel, the rest being “partly dry and soon depleted.”
Association president Brian Madderson said the shortages were the result of “outright panic buying.”
“There is a lot of fuel in this country, but it is not in the right place for motorists,” he told the BBC. “He’s still in the terminals and the refineries. “
Long lines of vehicles formed at many gas stations over the weekend, and the mood collapsed as some drivers waited for hours. Police were called to a London gas station on Sunday after a scuffle began. Police said a man was arrested for assault.
Several countries, including the United States and Germany, are also experiencing a shortage of truck drivers. The problem was particularly visible in Britain, where it helped clear supermarket shelves and shut down gas pumps.
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