U.K.’s Petrol Panic No Risk to Supplies at Irish Pumps, Industry Says

Irish petrol and diesel suppliers say consumers here are not at risk of the shortages being experienced in Britain, which the industry says is largely due to a lack of truck drivers within the U.K. and panic-buying, the Independent.ie reported. Industry group Fuels for Ireland said on Sunday that there will be no interruption to the supply of petrol, diesel and home-heating oil in Ireland. In Britain, long lines of cars have formed at forecourts in recent days as shoppers rushed to fill their tanks amid major supply-chain disruptions caused by a lack of qualified lorry drivers able to deliver fuel from depots. The British government has said it will temporarily relax visa rules to allow in more drivers from the EU unable to work there as a result of Brexit. BP said on Sunday that around 30pc of the British petrol stations it owns have run out of most fuels. Irish-owned Applegreen said it is seeing the same pressure at the pumps in its U.K. chains, though not at quite the same scale. However, in Ireland Applegreen said it had experienced no interruptions to normal deliveries. Industry group Fuels for Ireland, which represents companies involved in the importation, distribution and marketing of petroleum products and low carbon liquid fuels, said its members are experiencing no issues here. Fuels for Ireland members include Applegreen, Circle K, Corrib Oil, Emo, Inver Energy, Irving Oil, LCC, Maxol, Top Oil and Valero and represent 50% of all energy consumed in Ireland. The group’s CEO Kevin McPartlan said, “We are aware of issues in the UK, which is primarily around the availability of drivers, and want to reassure our consumers that we are experiencing no such issues here.” Read more.