A trade body that represents thousands of fuel retailers has called for an independent investigation into existing fuel supply problems.
The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said deliveries are still very slow and the recovery “just isn’t happening fast enough.” He also suggested that both motorists and forecourt owners need protection to prevent the crisis from happening again.
PRA President Brian Maderson said: “Recoveries just aren’t happening quickly enough. We are in our 15th day of crisis.
“An independent investigation into the crisis is needed, so that motorists can be protected from such acute shortages of fuel in the future.”
The fuel supply crisis was brought on by a shortage of HGV drivers and was intensified by panic buying which caused the pumps to run dry.
According to the PRA, the problems are particularly acute in London and the South East, where shortages continue.
On Thursday, a PRA survey found that 12 per cent of filling stations in London and the South East were still dry, while 17 per cent had A grade fuel, and only 71 per cent had stocked both.
According to the survey, the deficit is being felt less intensely outside London and the South East. In the rest of the country, 90 per cent of the forecourts now have both grades of fuel.
Mr Maderson claimed the return to normal fuel levels is “disappointed by the current unqualified priority policy”.
He added: “The rest of the UK has three times the capacity to fill stations per capita population compared to London and the South East.”
The government has drafted in military drivers to help with the delivery, and on Monday 100 drivers from the armed forces began work to help deliver the fuel.
Most military personnel have been sent to fuel terminals that serve London and the South East.
But it is expected that by the end of this week 150 crew will be delivering fuel across the UK.
It also appears that an unspecified number of foreign tanker drivers have applied for temporary visas to meet the shortage of HGV drivers.
While the UK government has acknowledged that there is a shortage of HGV drivers in the UK, they have claimed that the problem is worldwide and suggested that it is time for the haulage industry to invest in training rather than relying on workers from overseas in the long term. is the solution.
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