Oil giant BP have warned the government that they are set to ration petrol and diesel at forecourts due to the lack of HGV drivers.
BP has also been forced to close some petrol stations as the shortage of drivers has made it difficult to provide supplies of fuel across the UK, ITV News reported on Thursday.
BP’s head of UK retail, Hanna Hofer said “two thirds of normal forecourt stock levels required for smooth operations,” but warned this is “declining rapidly” as they can only provide 80% of their normal service to 90% of their network.
Tens of thousands of petrol stations are currently effected and fuel will not be restocked on an average of one and half days each week.
BP warned that there will be many petrol stations that will have no fuel and forecourts will be forced to temporarily close.
BP said motorway service stations will remain their top priority to enable drivers to remain on the move, but further warned the next few weeks is going to be “really, really difficult,” but this will stabilise.
A BP spokesperson said, “We are experiencing 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.
“These have been caused by delays in the supply chain, which has been impacted by industry-wide driver shortages across the UK and we are working hard to address this issue.
“We continue to work with our haulier supplier to minimise disruption and to ensure efficient and effective deliveries to serve our customers.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”