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BP shuts some UK service stations as driver deficiency hits fuel supplies

BP is briefly shutting a portion of its UK service stations due to a deficiency of transporters caused partially by Brexit.

“We are experiencing some 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,” the company said in a statement shared with CNN Business on Thursday.

(BP) accused “industry-wide driver shortages across the [United Kingdom]” for the supply chain crunch. “We are prioritizing deliveries to motorway service areas, major trunk roads and sites with largest demand and seeking to minimize the duration of stock outs,” it added.

BP declined to remark on the number of service stations would be influenced, yet an individual acquainted with the circumstance said that “tens” of destinations were encountering fuel deficiencies.

This is the second time in as numerous months that BP has needed to briefly shade some UK areas due to issues conveying fuel because of an absence of transporters. As per the Road Haulage Association, the United Kingdom is short around 100,000 transporters, 20,000 of whom were EU nationals that left the nation after Brexit.

Esso proprietor ExxonMobil (XOM) said Friday that a “small number” of the 200 fuel stations it works with general store chain Tesco (TSCDF) have additionally been influenced. “We are working intimately with all gatherings in our dissemination organization to improve supplies and limit any burden to clients,” the organization included an assertion.

Specialist deficiencies are a developing issue in Britain, which had a record 1 million occupation opportunities among June and August, as per the Office for National Statistics.

The UK government has reported a few measures to build the quantity of driving tests for transporters. In any case, a representative for the public authority said last month that “most of the solutions” will be driven by industry.

“We want to see employers make long term investments in the UK domestic workforce instead of relying on labor from abroad and our Plan for Jobs is helping people across the country retrain, build new skills and get back into work,” the spokesperson said.