UK petrol shortage day 9, Saturday 2 October. Joey was lucky. This morning, the gas station next to his house in Brockwell Park, south London, was dry. But, after a while, they saw the beginning of activity: refueling had just happened. “I ran to refuel before the line got too long. “ Since then, rumors of a full-fledged gas station have spread and the queue of cars stretches for tens of meters. High school teacher Joy’s wife needed her car to drive to the college where she works, forty-five minutes away, and it was urgent to fill up the tank.
A mile down the road in Streatham Hill, another gas station had no such luck. «no fuel», indicates the sign with capital letters. A priority, as per the manager no supply expected today. “But go to the top of the street, the other station has petrol”, assures a customer like trust.
So has life in Britain since 23 September, when the petrol shortage started. Everyone drives to the correct address where fuel has just been delivered, and service stations experience the accordion effect: huge queues form immediately after each refueling, which quickly empties the tanks, allowing a There is a new shortage.
a quarter dry gas station
Britain is not so stable as it is merely embarrassed. If we search well, we get petrol. London and the south-east of England are more affected than the rest of the country; The situation there worsened on Saturday, according to the Gasoline Retailers Association, which represents two-thirds of the stations nationwide. In central and northern England, Scotland and Wales the problems are easing. On Friday, a quarter of the stations were completely dry, and the other quarter did not have all grades of fuel. On Monday, two hundred soldiers, including a hundred truck drivers, will intervene to improve the situation.
UK gasoline shortage results “Perfect Storm”, to use the English expression. Like everywhere, the pandemic has disrupted logistics chains: electronic chips that are difficult to obtain, shortages of raw materials, delays in container deliveries, etc.
Added to this is Brexit. During the pandemic, tens of thousands of Europeans returned to their countries of origin to pass control, and many did not return. and 1 . since fromIs In January, it is not possible to work without a visa, a document that is granted with an annual salary of only 25,600 pounds sterling (30,000 euros).
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