Long queues are forming again in Kent of drivers scavenging for petrol as the UK faces a fuel crisis.

Yesterday (September 25) chaos reigned across the county as drivers joined long queues at a large to get fuel.

On Friday, September 24, BP closed a “handful” of its gas stations due to a lack of available fuel, while Esso owner ExxonMobil said a “small number” of its Tesco Alliance stations were affected.

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A number of factors including Brexit, the COVID pandemic and systematic issues in the industry related to driver compensation have reportedly led to a shortage of qualified heavy truck drivers.

Hanna Hofer, UK retail manager at BP, said it was important for the government to understand “the urgency of the situation,” which she called, according to an ITV News report, “bad, very bad”.

She added that BP had “two-thirds of the normal forecourt stock levels required for proper operation” and that the level “is declining rapidly.”

Today, the drivers are starting to queue again to try to find fuel (Saturday, September 25).

Online images have surfaced showing long delays in and around cities.

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