Fuel chaos could last another month despite situation ‘improving’, industry figures warn

Driver pulls 'knife' on motorist outside petrol station

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According to a report from The Times, petrol stations could continue to face disruption for another month even if Brits stop panic-buying. One source reportedly told The Times they specifically thought BP could experience problems.

The Times reported: “One source said that they expected BP, which was the first company to ration petrol because of a shortage of drivers, to continue to experience problems throughout next month.”

BP was the first company to ration their petrol supplies after the shortage in HGV drivers started to take its toll.

Over the weekend, violence broke out at numerous forecourts as Brits struggled to top up their cars.

Footage circulated on social media even appears to show one driver pulling out a knife during an altercation at a petrol station in Welling, south east London.

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At another, a brawl broke out at a fuel queue in Epping, Essex, as five men started to land punches on one another while witnesses beeped their horns.

Despite Brits queueing for hours over the weekend, the number of petrol stations missing one grade of fuel has fallen drastically.

Around 1,700 petrol stations had missed one grade of fuel on Sunday but this has since been reduced to just 800.

Similarly, the Petrol Retailers Association has claimed that while 95 percent of their 5,000-strong members had run out of supplies over the weekend, the total number witnessing such difficulties has now fallen to 37 percent.

Boris Johnson, 57, has claimed the Government is putting preparations in place to deal with the shortage of HGV drivers and that the situation is starting to improve.

The Prime Minister told Sky News: “We’re now starting to see the situation improve.

“We’re hearing from the fuel industry that supplies are coming on to the forecourts in the usual way.

“We want to make sure we have all the preparations necessary to get through to Christmas and beyond, not just in supplying the petrol stations but in all parts of our economy.

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“You’re seeing the global economy sucking in a huge amount of demand for gas, for lorry drivers.

“We’ve got to make sure that we have everything in place.”

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