The British government has suspended regulations requiring fuel to be delivered to stations that are empty.
In an effort to better coordinate deliveries to stations that have run out of gasoline due to supply chain concerns, the British government has temporarily suspended competition restrictions in the fuel market.
Another factor contributing to the fuel shortage is panic buying in several regions around the United Kingdom, according to government authorities late Sunday.
Following a meeting with oil corporations and merchants, British business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng decided to suspend the Competition Act.
The Downstream Oil Protocol allows fuel distributors in the United Kingdom to collaborate to keep tanks at fuelling stations stocked.
Officials claim that the UK has sufficient of fuel in reserves and refineries, but that irregular panic purchasing and supply chain interruptions are causing some stations to run out in some locations.
In a statement, Kwarteng added, “While there has always been and continues to be plenty of fuel at refineries and terminals, we are aware that there have been some supply chain issues.” “That is why we will implement the Downstream Oil Protocol to ensure that industry can share critical information and collaborate more effectively to ensure minimal disruption.”
According to the Petrol Retailers Association, it could take days for all gas stations to reopen.
Drivers should not buy petrol if they don’t need it, according to British Environment Secretary George Eustice.
According to The Guardian, “the reason of these current problems is that panic-buying episode, and the most important thing is for people to start buying gasoline like they normally would,” Eustice added.
According to rumors on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was considering enlisting the army’s assistance in delivering fuel to gas stations. According to Eustice, there are currently no intentions to involve the military.
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