UK Gas Shortage Brings Hoarding

by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

September 26, 2021

LONDON — Thousands of British gas stations ran dry on Sunday, according to an industry group, as motorists scrambled to fill up amid a supply disruption caused by a truck driver shortage.

The Petrol Retailers Association, which represents nearly 5,500 independent outlets, reported that roughly two-thirds of its members had sold out of fuel.

The shortages, according to Association Chairman Brian Madderson, are the result of “panic buying, pure and simple.”

“This country has plenty of fuel, but it is in the wrong place for motorists . . . It remains in the terminals and refineries.” Madderson told the BBC.

Over the weekend, long lines of vehicles formed at many gas stations, and tempers flared as some drivers waited for hours.

Several countries, including the United States and Germany, are also experiencing a truck driver shortage.  The issue has been particularly visible in the United Kingdom, where it has contributed to empty supermarket shelves and closed gas pumps.