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Explained: Why are petrol stations closing?

Industry experts have said that there is no shortage of petrol, but there have been problems with a without of lorry drivers to get it to the right place.

Panic buying has exacerbated things, with many petrol stations reporting long queues as everybody rushes to top up their tanks.

Some have been unable to keep up with the unexpected need and have been forced to shut temporarily while they wait for deliveries.

complete closures seem to be scarce, but several supermarket and service stop bosses have reported that they are running out of specific types of fuel in between new deliveries.

One petrol stop manager told 5Live Breakfast: “at the minimum once a week now, we’re having to switch diesel or unleaded off. It’s an issue, but it’s not an issue from our fuel suppliers because there’s plenty of fuel out there.”

Drivers have been urged not to stockpile fuel, as it will only cause more extensive closures, and could have more harsh consequences if emergency sets workers are stuck in long queues or unable to get petrol when it’s needed.

Panic buying and a without of lorry drivers is forcing some petrol stations to shut as they run out of fuel Credit: Stephen Huntley/HVC

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