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BP to ration petrol deliveries as stations close amid dire HGV driver shortages

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BP will restrict the deliveries of fuel to service stations in order to ensure continuity of supply.

The ongoing shortage of HGV drivers is impacting the company’s ability to transport fuel from refineries to its service stations.

That is why it is urging the government to make it easier to temporarily recruit HGV drivers from abroad, ITV reports.

BP’s Head of UK Retail, Hanna Hofer, said it was important the government understood the “urgency of the situation”, which she described as “bad, very bad”.

In practical terms BP is planning to run 80% of service levels to 90% of its forecourt network, which means that most locations will not be restocked for one and a half days a week.

This will likely not affect the stations located on motorways which will be prioritised.

The company says it is hopeful that fuel stocks at stations will stabilise and start to rebuild at some point next month, but Hofer described the next few weeks as being “really, really difficult”.

There is no shortage of petrol or diesel, BP is simply having difficulty transporting fuel from distribution terminals to forecourts and has approximately 45 drivers coming through in training.

In a statement, a spokesperson for BP said: “We are experiencing fuel supply issues at some of our retail sites in the UK and unfortunately have therefore seen a handful of sites temporarily close due to a lack of both unleaded and diesel grades.

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"These have been caused by delays in the supply chain, which has been impacted by industry-wide driver shortages across the UK and we are working hard to address this issue.

"We continue to work with our haulier supplier to minimise disruption and to ensure efficient and effective deliveries to serve our customers. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Paul Scully, Minister for Small Business, told ITV News: “We are concerned about BP and other sectors where we are hearing those stresses coming to bear.

"This is why we are having regular conversations to see what government can do to increase testing, to increase the supply of drivers and bring drivers back.

“We also want to see what the industry/sector can do for themselves.”

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