Britain running out of petrol: the problem is not the lack of fuel, but the rush to cornering by motorists (and the shortage of truckers)
The shortage of truckers
It all started last week, when BP and other oil companies announced that they would begin rationing supplies to service stations: a measure dictated by logistical difficulties caused by the shortage of truckers. In practice, it was not possible to get enough tankers to the stations because there were not enough drivers. In Great Britain, over one hundred thousand truck drivers are missing: many of them were Europeans who returned home due to the pandemic and the bureaucratic difficulties introduced by Brexit.
The race for distributors
Panic broke out over the weekend. Motorists, for fear of running out of petrol, have stormed the distributors: queues of kilometers, fights, subterfuges to get around the lines. As a result, service stations soon ran out of stock: most of the distributors in England are out of fuel. The government insists that there is something for everyone, just don’t rush to grab gasoline: but people don’t trust and the spiral that has started seems uncontrollable.
The most optimistic think that the crisis will be resolved in a few days: the tanks have a limit, once the motorists have filled them the race to buy will stop by itself. But not everyone thinks so: and in fact the government is considering getting the army to intervene to put the soldiers at the helm of the tankers. Boris Johnson also decided to “contravene” the Brexit and offer emergency visas for European truck drivers: but it seems too little and too late.
September 28, 2021 (change September 28, 2021 | 15:12)
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