VIDEO. VIDEO. 30% of BP stations have been affected by fuel shortages since last week.
“Go back to end of line. You’ve been there only five minutes!” “Lisa Wood, a driver who had been sitting in line for over an hour at a gas station near London Bridge in the middle of London, is angry.
The United Kingdom saw a rise in gasoline shortages on Monday, September 27.“Panic buying.”Be concerned motorists
> Queues form in front petrol stations all over the United Kingdom.
“I must have been to five different gas stations.” “My tank is nearly dry”Lisa Wood explains to AFP. Lisa admits that drivers are cursed and horned. “It’s just not very British”Not to be upset “When there is crisis, we’re not more.” “British” ».
At another gas station, east of London, a line of 50 cars stretched out as early as 6.30am, with consumers having spent part of the night waiting.
Across the country, the signs “More gasoline” Where ” out of order “ are multiplying near gas pumps, with around 30% of the giant BP’s stations affected by fuel shortages.
Some British media have published videos of edgy drivers coming to blows near pumps for fear of breaking down or not being able to go to work.
If medical organizations are sounding the alarm on the difficulties of caregivers to travel to see their patients, some schools are considering switching back to distance education if the problem persists.
According to the PRA, one of the associations of fuel distributors, up to two-thirds of its members (5,500 independent sites out of a total of 8,000 stations in the country), were out of fuel on Sunday, “The others almost dry”. But the association says it expects “A possible relaxation of demand and a normalization of stocks in the days to come”.
This Monday, the representatives of the sector again wanted to reassure by affirming that there is “Full of fuel in British refineries”.
The situation is reminiscent of gasoline rationing during the energy crisis of the 1970s, or a blockage of refineries that paralyzed the country’s activity for weeks in the early 2000s.
The crisis began mid-week after a confidential BP report to the government leaked. It described a few dozen closing gas stations due to fuel shortages, which was something that a representative for the PRA lamented.