Live Kent petrol station shortage updates and where you can get fuel today – Kent Live

Queues have mounted across Kent for the sixth successive day as the UK’s petrol panic buying crisis continues.

Today makes it almost a week since news broke that some petrol station operators had a shortage of HGV-qualified drivers to deliver fuel.

Despite this shortage not impacting all petrol station brands in the UK, stations up and down the country have been inundated by panic buyers desperately trying to stock up on fuel.

Read more: ‘I tried to get petrol from BP, Sainsbury’s and Harvest and it was manic’

BP closed a “handful” of their petrol stations on Friday (September 24) due to a lack of fuel, while Esso owner ExxonMobil indicated a “small number” of its Tesco Alliance stations were impacted.

Driver shortages have been caused by a variety of factors – amongst them Brexit and the COVID pandemic as well as internal issues in the industry relating to the drivers’ pay.

Long queues are expected to continue today, after more chaos was seen yesterday (September 28) – with a knife being pulled at a petrol station in Welling, and queueing so bad that buses had to be diverted in Deal.

We will bring you the latest from around Kent as we have it.

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