Jul 21, 2021

BP: Lorry driver shortages closing some sites temporarily

Lorry driver shortages are causing temporary fuel supply issues at some of BP's petrol stations. "Our supply chain has been impacted by the industry-wide driver shortages across the UK, and was exacerbated by the temporary closure of our Hemel Hempstead fuel distribution terminal last week because of necessary Covid-19 isolations amongst staff. The terminal is now operating as normal once again." Previously, a temporary extension of lorry drivers' working hours was met with backlash from the industry who said the government is applying a "Sticking plaster" to driver shortage problems. BP's announcement came as retail industry body the British Retail Consortium warned supermarkets were experiencing "Minor disruption" due to a shortage of drivers. "Government must rapidly increase the number of HGV driving tests taking place, fill gaps by providing visas for EU HGV drivers, and also look for a longer-term solution to this issue," he added.

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