Original article from Kent Live
Long queues are building again across Kent formed of drivers are on the hunt for petrol as the UK faces a fuel crisis.
Yesterday (September 25) there was chaos across the county as drivers joined long queues in a big to get fuel.
On Friday (September 24), BP closed a "handful" of their petrol stations due to a lack of fuel available, while Esso owner ExxonMobil indicated a "small number" of its Tesco Alliance stations were impacted.
A number of factors including Brexit, the COVID pandemic and systematic issues in the industry relating to drivers' pay is said to have led to a shortage of qualified HGV drivers.
BP's head of UK retail Hanna Hofer stated that it was important the Government understood the "urgency of the situation", which, according to an ITV News report, she described as "bad, very bad".
She added that BP had “two-thirds of normal forecourt stock levels required for smooth operations” and the level is “declining rapidly”.
Today drivers are beginning to queue up once again in an attempt to find fuel (Saturday, September 25).
Pictures online have surfaced showing long delays in and around towns.
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One driver has branded the panic buying as "madness" after having to wait around an hour for fuel in Folkestone.
Sam Castle said: "I've tried Sainsbury's and all of the other stations in Folkestone and this is the only place I can find with fuel – I've been waiting for about an hour. It's madness."
Police officer spends nearly 6 hours trying to get fuel
One roads policing officer in Sussex said he spent 5.5 hours – and visited 11 petrol stations – in his search for fuel.
What a nightmare.
Congestion in Canterbury
Congestion is starting to build by the Morrisons petrol station in Canterbury.
AA Traffic News shows the slowest moving traffic is currently in Wincheap, The Boundary and Cotton Road.
Why is there a fuel shortage?
The government has confirmed there is no shortage of actual fuel itself – we're just low on people to transport the fuel.
It is estimated there is a shortage of 90,000 HGV in Britain, owing to problems surrounding the pandemic and Brexit.
BP has closed several stations in the UK, while Esso and Tesco have closed a small number of forecourts.