There is a report of concern over the announcement of shortage of truck drivers that threatens to lead to fuel shortage, causing long queues of vehicles in filling stations in the capital of the United Kingdom, London.
The queues in front of gas stations are surfacing after the oil and petrol giant BP and Tesco Alliance announced that a “handful” of petrol stations would be closed in the country due to shortage of lorry drivers.
British Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has however allayed the fears, saying that refineries in the country had “plenty of petrol”, adding that a “little bit” of patience might be required.
Shapps said that if necessary, British soldiers can be assigned to drive fuel tankers.
According to several reports, the UK faces a shortfall of around 100,000 heavy goods (HGV) drivers.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) said that Brexit, pandemic, the retirement of drivers, and low wages are among the reasons behind shortage of lorry drivers.
Meanwhile, the natural gas prices in the UK have increased by 250% since January and by 70% since August, according to industry group Oil & Gas UK.
Source: Anadolu Agency.