BP ‘prioritising’ fuel deliveries as driver shortages
Written by Gavin on 23rd September 2021
BP says it is “prioritising” fuel deliveries across its network of branded filling stations as some are hit by the national shortage of HGV and tanker drivers.
The company told Sky News that “tens” of its 1,200-strong forecourts were experiencing shortages as a result of delays and it would ensure they got re-stocked first.
It is understood there is no question of rationing ahead as it implies a shortage of diesel and petrol – and a source insisted that was not the case as stocks were plentiful.
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.
“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.”
The delivery woes mark another front in the fight against supply chain disruption caused by a nationwide shortage of qualified HGV and tanker drivers.