Petrol is a crisis in the UK: there are no truckers to transport it to distributors
Not just the gas, now also the gas. The UK is experiencing one of its biggest crises at the level of raw material. Indeed, in recent times, numerous British motorists have been heading out of petrol stations in the South East of England in search of fuel that is in short supply. But what exactly is going on?
As we read from Reuters, three of the largest British oil operators they felt the shortage of fuel. But that’s not exactly the case: in reality there is no lack of the Petroleum, but the possibility of getting the fuel to its destination, or in the petrol pumps. The BP Oil said up to 100 of its stations were short of at least one type of fuel and many were forced to shut down completely. BP also said in a statement that it was prioritizing deliveries to highways service areas, main roads and sites with the greatest demand, seeking to minimize the duration of “stock out“.
The owner of the It, Exxon Mobile, also stated that it had “heard” about its distributors Tesco this lack of raw material. This was enough to jolt motorists frightened by a possible closure of gas stations.
But, on a practical level, if the Petroleum there is, where does the problem arise? The oil industry estimates there is a shortage of as many as 100,000 truckers, in part due to Covid and partly for Brexit. About 25,000 drivers of heavy vehicles of theEU left in 2020 and did not return to the UK due to different entry rules. There is also a backlog of 40,000 workers waiting to take the tests for driving heavy vehicles, stuck in the midst of the pandemic.
Therefore, it is not the lack of gas, but the shortage of drivers of heavy vehicles that is affecting the supply chains throughout the country and therefore, in fact, do not carry the fuel. The shortage is also exacerbated by the need for a separate qualification strictly necessary for carrying hazardous substances. The government is urging people not to panic. The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, he said that people should continue to buy gasoline as if nothing had happened, without crowding in the fear of running out. fuel.
The Road Haulage Association he said the British government is not taking the problem seriously enough. “The average age of a truck driver in UK is 57 years old, and every day this problem gets worse as more and more people retire, ”he said Rod McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer of Politics and Public Affairs of the RHA. The association has urged politicians to ease visa restrictions for short-term foreign workers to alleviate the shortage of drivers. But he got no answer.