Brit stuck in two-hour queue for supermarket due to petrol chaos
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New data from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show by the end of last week stocks had recovered to their highest level since May. On Sunday, tanks at petrol stations were on average 45 percent full.
Storage facilities are rarely ever actually full.
The return to normal comes after stock levels dropped as low as 15 percent on September 25.
The military was forced to be deployed to help distribute fuel following the shortages.
Some activists claimed the shortages were proof of the Brexit impact in the UK, pointing to the fact there were no problems at petrol stations on the continent.
But following the return to normal, economists have criticised attempts to blame the “temporary hiccup” on quitting the bloc.
“One temporary problem fixed at least, without rejoining the EU,” teased Julian Jessop, an economist felt at the Institute of Economic Affairs.
He told Express.co.uk: “The petrol crisis was a moment of madness that really had very little to do with Brexit.
“Motorists were understandably spooked by reports of shortages, but panic buying then turned some patchy local disruption into a national crisis.
“The fact that supplies are now back to normal shows that this was only a temporary hiccup and not a fundamental problem.
“What’s more, other countries in Europe, and the US, are grappling with similar problems in other sectors.”
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The fuel shortage began after BP warned on September 23 that is was closing a handful of petrol stations “temporarily” because of a shortage of drivers for fuel tankers.
Other operators said they were needing to take similar measures but that the vast majority of their stations were unaffected.
However, the announcement sparks panic of shortages with drivers rushing to fill up their vehicles.
Long queues formed outside petrol stations across the UK leading to an overnight rush on supply.
There’s an estimated shortage of more than 100,000 HGV drivers in the UK, a problem that is also being felt in the EU and US.
Ministers temporarily ordered the army to help make up for the drive shortages in order to distribute fuel across the UK as quickly as possible.
A Government statement said: “Thanks to our interventions and the continuing deliveries made by the military, fuel levels across all regions returned to normal earlier this month.
“As the industry has said, we have ample fuel reserves and the return of normal buying habits by the public has reduced the exceptional demand seen in previous weeks.”
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