Fuel shortages to blame for ‘widespread disruption’ across the UK – ‘no doubt’

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The UK was hit with another string of fuel shortages earlier this month after protesters from climate activism groups Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion blocked several oil terminals across the UK. And now, an expert has claimed that the shortages are to blame for “widespread disruption” across the UK.

Dan Powell, Senior Editor at Desperate Seller, exclusively told Express.co.uk that fuel shortages could affect UK drivers in the long term.

Mr Powell said: “There is no doubt that fuel shortages have caused widespread disruption across the UK.

“In April 2019, the average retail price of unleaded petrol was 122p – that has now soared in three years to 162p, the 33 percent increase driven by rising wholesale costs.”

He continued: “Whilst London and other major cities have been affected the most, areas further away from city centres have also suffered due to a lack of available resources.

The expert added that in the short term, fuel shortages have led to higher prices at the pumps as demand outstripped supply.

Mr Powell continued: “Despite the Spring Statement lowering fuel duty by 5p a litre, there is little evidence to suggest this saving has been passed on to consumers.

“With the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars looming, it’s possible that if fuel prices remain inflated, drivers may be more inclined to switch to EVs.

“Already, the demand for electric vehicles is growing, with SMMT reporting a 78.7 percent year-on-year increase on new EV registrations.”

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The most recent fuel shortage has been caused by climate protesters blocking major fuel depots.

This exacerbated existing supply issues due to increased demand post-Covid lockdowns and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Several cities and towns across the UK, including London and Birmingham, have seen a wave of petrol station closures this month.

Petrol stations have been suffering from supply chain issues after Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion teamed up to block key terminals across the country to protest the environmental effect of oil and gas.

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