BP says nearly a third of its fuel stations are now empty

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Nearly a third of BP’s petrol stations in the UK have run out of fuel, the oil giant has said, after motorists continued to panic over the weekend.

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It comes amid a row between the government and the Road Haulage Association after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps claimed that the fuel crisis was a “made-up situation” due to a media leak by the RHA, from a meeting in which BP was concerned about supply problems. Concerns were expressed about .

The RHA denied the allegation, which it described as an “outrageous attack”, and claimed the minister was trying to divert attention from dealing with the shortage of HGV drivers, which many have blamed on Brexit.

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BP, which operates 1,200 sites in the UK, said in the statement: “With the huge demand over the past two days, we estimate that around 30 percent of the sites in this network currently have none of the main grades of fuel.”

“We are working to re-supply as quickly as possible.”

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Vehicles queued up at petrol stations for the third day on Sunday, as motorists waited for hours to refuel after oil companies reported a shortage of drivers, causing problems with transportation from refineries to forecourts.

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