At least two petrol stations in York are out of fuel and shut tonight (Saturday, 25 September).
Panic-buying of fuel has seen Asda at Monks Cross close its petrol station.
A sign on the forecourt says: “No LPG, no diesel, no unleaded, no fuel. Apologies for the inconvenience.”
However, at 6.30pm, the neighbouring Sainsbury’s petrol station was still operating, with cars queuing to get to the six rows of pumps.
While YorkMix was at Asda, a police van called for a refill and was directed by the attendant to Sainsbury’s.
Morrisons petrol station is also closed. It has a sign out saying: “Sorry closed no fuel ☹️”.
The petrol station at Tesco, Askham Bar, is now closed until Monday according to its website. And we understand the Londis petrol station on Tadcaster Road is now out of fuel.
People began queuing to fill up their cars across the UK after reports that some petrol stations were closing because they had run out of fuel owing to the HGV driver shortage.
The government is reported to be introducing a temporary visa scheme to fix the lorry driver shortage.
Downing Street sources said the scheme, which reports suggest will temporarily lift visa restrictions for foreign drivers, is to be a “short-term solution” to ease pressure on deliveries in the run-up to Christmas.
The Financial Times and the Telegraph reported up to 5,000 temporary visas could be granted for HGV drivers while the FT also said a similar number would be approved for food processing workers, especially in the poultry industry.