UK petrol companies continue to battle an ongoing fuel crisis, which has been blamed on Brexit and COVID.
BP, one of the worst affected companies, insists it has more than enough fuel to stock it’s stations. The issue is sourcing HGV drivers to transport it.
But why is there a HGV driver shortage? UK companies across all sectors are currently grappling a labour shortage, which has been attributed to factors such as Brexit and the pandemic.
According to the RHA (Road Haulage Association) there are approximately 100,000 vacancies across the HGV driver sector. The industry has blamed Brexit, citing a mass post-Brexit exodus of EU drivers and also a huge lack of driver training throughout the pandemic.
However, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted on Friday that leaving the EU was not a factor, claiming that it has actually helped “provide a solution” to the problem.
He told Sky News: “I have seen people point to Brexit as the culprit here when in fact they are wrong.
“Not only are there very large and even larger shortages in other EU countries like Poland and Germany, which clearly can’t be because of Brexit.
“But actually because of Brexit I have been able to change the law and alter the way our driving tests operate in a way that I could not have done if we were still part of the EU.”
While the fuel crisis is still ongoing, UK petrol retailers have confirmed that they have seen some signs of stabilisation today.