It's not a supply issue for BP, it's a general shortage of HGV drivers with the correct certification to drive a fuel tanker. Other fuel suppliers are also suffering, how much so seems to depend on the area of the country. To be fair to the media they also reported that there was no fuel shortage, and that it was a logistics issue, but people have chosen not to take on full details of the situation and gone into panic mode. The army are actually on stand by in case they are needed to drive tankers.100% on the Media this one.
It was a minor supply issue for a few BP stations, yet the TV news and the papers had it as their main headlines. They have then run the 'shortage' story every bullietin and last night I got a BBC Alert saying 'the Army is now on stand-by' !!
All of his coverage inevitably made a few idiots panic and then its been a vicious circle.
Not sure that's true, I was in Kent at the end of last week and all 4 BP stations in the area I was in were shut, along with 2 Shell garages and this was on the night it was announced, before the panic began. So I think 20 BP garages across the country is not a realistic figure.20 BP stations were late getting their deliveries and had to close temporarily. They have over 1200. That's hardly a shortage, as espoused by the lousy media in an attempt to panic people.
I'm not overly convinced that Brexit is the major cause of it, and I was a remainer. It hasn't helped, but there are HGV driver shortages all across Europe. Poland, for example, are short 140,000. Covid has played a large part in this, probably larger than Brexit. The governments feable attempt to fix it by allowing 5000 visas for European HGV drivers is just that, it won't fill the huge gap and it's unlikely to attract foreign drivers until the UK matches the rest of Europe for the amount of money that's been put in to train and pay drivers that other countries have - we just don't offer the same working conditions as the rest of Europe and working in the UK as a HGV driver isn't an attractive proposition.So many of these 'supply issues' stories are being pushed by the anti-Brexit side trying to blame everything that is 'going wrong' on it.
But the HGV drivers have been ageing and leaving for years. Plus there's been a hold up on tests for new recruits at DVLA Swansea.