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The situation at British petrol stations is easing


For weeks, fuel was in short supply in Great Britain, and there were sometimes long queues in front of petrol stations. According to official figures, inventories have now returned to their pre-crisis level.

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Delivery to a gas station in Basingstoke, UK (archive picture): everything normal?

Photo: Andrew Matthews / dpa

The supply of fuel at British petrol stations is back to normal, according to the government.

The BBC reported, citing statistics from the British Ministry of Commerce.

According to this, the inventories at gas stations in the United Kingdom have risen again to 45 percent on average - the last time in May.

Just a few weeks ago, drivers in Great Britain were facing considerable difficulties.

Many petrol stations were left out on dry land.

The low was hit on September 25th when average fuel supplies dropped to 15 percent.

The background to the problems was an acute shortage of truck drivers in Great Britain.

It is estimated that there is a shortage of 100,000 truck drivers in the UK.

Due to the tightened immigration rules after Brexit, the shortage can no longer be compensated for with workers from the EU in the short term.

In addition, after initial reports of bottlenecks, there was a sharp increase in demand for fuels.

The British government had used the army to deal with the fuel crisis.

In addition, a total of 5,000 temporary visas should be issued for truck drivers.

However, the interest in it was very limited.

dab / dpa / Reuters

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2021-10-21

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