AA President Edmund King has said that fuel shortages at some petrol stations were initially caused by supply chain issues, adding that millions of drivers are rushing to fill their tanks. System”.
“Earlier this week, there were some problems with the supply chain, as we know, some due to a shortage of lorry drivers, but it was only a local problem,” he explained bbc breakfast.
The AA president said the lack of drivers to “go out and fill up when they really don’t need to” was made worse.
BP and Esso were forced to close some of their petrol stations this week amid fuel shortages due to lorry driver shortages.
Concerns over fuel being out of stock have been seen since drivers have seen tanks filling up, reports of rising demand and images of long queues at petrol stations have been shared online.
“If you think about it, there are 30 million cars out there, if they have half a tank [and] If they all rush to fill up the remaining tank and the tank is about 60 liters, it will put pressure on the system,” Mr. King said. bbc breakfast on Saturday.
He said the issues are unlikely to last as the supply chain is not being disrupted by ongoing problems like industrial action.
“The good news is you can really only fill up once – you have to use up the fuel, so it should be a short-term thing,” he said.
He predicted that “the stress on the system should ease in the next few days”.
Mr King later tweeted that he was “trying to reassure drivers that there is no shortage of petrol or diesel at the source” over the radio.
“Please stick to the normal filling pattern and this will be a temporary blip as new supplies are made every 24 to 48 hours,” he said.
Earlier this week, Easy Group said it was setting a limit of £30 per customer for fuel in its forecourt due to supply problems and panic, while Shell said it had also reduced fuel demand at some stations. have seen growth.
While fuel shortages are unlikely to remain, Mr. King said the shortage of lorry and HGV drivers was an ongoing issue.
Hoyer, one of the UK’s largest fuel logistics companies, said this week that BP was struggling to complete deliveries for customers including Esso and Shell due to driver shortages.
Additional reporting by the Press Association
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