Petrol situation improves slightly in South-East says trade body

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Petrol shortages in London and South East have eased slightly from yesterday, according to the latest statistics from the body representing independent outlets.


According to the Petrol Retailers Association, around 15% of sites in and around the Capital were ‘dry’, compared to 20% on Monday.


Across the south-east region, 64% had both grades of fuel available while 21% had only one grade, added the PRA, though this was still well short of other places in the UK where 86% of sites said they had both petrol and diesel.


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Gordon Balmer, the PRA’s executive director, said: “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.”


Balmer added that deliveries are now being received from military drivers using commercial tankers but more as needed to be done to ease the siutation.


Earlier today prime minister Boris Johnson said that only 127 drivers from the EU had applied for a temporary visa to drive oil tankers in the UK compared to the 300 that are available.


Britain currently has an estimated shortage of around 90,000 HGV drivers, according to the Road Haulage Association.

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