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UK fuel supply returning to normal after shortages

An Esso garage in Lewisham shows no petrol available on September 26, 2021
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The United Kingdom’s fuel supply is slowly returning to normal after shortages that affected the country. 

The Petrol Retailers Association, a group for independent fuel vendors, said 86 percent of gas stations outside of London have both grades of fuel in stock, with only 11 percent of stations completely out, Reuters reported

There is still 21 percent of gas stations with only one grade of fuel as the fuel shortages have been going on for weeks. 

In London and southeast England, only 15 percent of gas stations do not have fuel on Tuesday. That number is down from 22 percent on Sunday. 

“Whilst there has been a significant reduction in dry sites, these areas are still lagging behind in having both grades of fuel available compared to the rest of the UK,” Gordon Balmer, the PRA’s executive director, said.

The shortage started after oil company BP said back in September they had to close some gas stations due to a fuel shortage caused by a decrease in truck drivers and Brexit, the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union. 

The U.K. took to using the military to help deliver supplies along with giving foreign work visas to more truck drivers to help ease the shortage. 

Balmer said at the beginning of October it would still “take a number of weeks to get it back to more normal running levels.”

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