DRIVERS have been warned not panic buy or stock up on fuel as there is plenty available.
BP yesterday said that some of its petrol pumps are in short supply because of a lack of drivers available to deliver fuel to forecourts.
It’s the latest item to be hit by a shortage of truckers with around 100,000 fewer HGV drivers currently on the roads.
The Sun recently launched a campaign to help recruit thousands of HGV drivers.
Supplies of chicken to KFC and Nandos have also been hit recently along with McDonald’s milkshakes, as well as other shops and restaurants.
Business secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News that only a handful of petrol stations had closed.
And supermarkets have said the same, reassuring customers about supplies – here’s what they have said.
Two out of 500 Tesco-operated sites were affected yesterday – both of which are expecting fuel deliveries shortly.
ExxonMobil, which operates Esso, confirmed a “small number” of its 200 forecourts with a Tesco Express on site were affected.
Esso is responsible for supplying fuel on those sites.
A spokesperson said: “We are working closely with all parties in our distribution network to optimise supplies and minimise any inconvenience to customers.”
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We have good availability of fuel, with deliveries arriving at our petrol filling stations across the UK every day”.
Asda has said that all its fuel stations are operating as normal. The supermarket has 320 petrol stations across the UK.
Asda was snapped up by new owners last year – British billionaire brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa, the tycoons behind, EG Group, a global convenience and forecourts retailer.
Sainsbury’s is not currently experiencing any issues at its petrols stations, of which there are around 300.
A spokesperson said: “We’re closely monitoring the situation and working closely with our supplier to maintain fuel supply.”
Morrisons has said that it’s not seeing any issues with fuel shortages or supply at the moment.
The supermarket has around 300 forecourts across the country.
There’s no issue at Co-op operated petrol stations, the supermarket said.
Co-op has around 130 petrol stations located along side its convenience stores.
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