Fuel fears spark panic buying at UK gas stations
Long queues formed at some British petrol stations on Friday (September 24th).
That after reports of fuel shortages in certain locations.
The oil giant BP had to close some of its branches as it was unable to deliver enough fuel due to a lack of drivers.
ExxonMobil's Esso and the supermarket chain Tesco were also affected.
The problems come as the UK struggles with a shortage of truck drivers.
About 25,000 left the UK because of Brexit, and bans put new driver testing on hold.
The industry says there are now fewer than 100,000 truckers.
Ministers have tried to stop panic buying and allay fears of major fuel shortages.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps says the government will do everything possible to alleviate the driver shortage.
The government insists there is no danger of going back to the 1970s, when Britain faced energy shortages and rampant inflation.
Hauliers say ministers should urgently approve short-term visas for foreign drivers.
However, it is feared that it is already too late to avoid problems with goods delivery during the Christmas season.
Supermarkets say Christmas presents could be the next destination for panic buyers.
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