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Fuel industry says recovery not fast enough as London, South East and East still have low fuel levels


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A leading fuel industry body has said recovery from the supply crisis is not happening fast enough – with London, South East and East England still suffering from low fuel levels, Sky News understands.

The South East is struggling the most, with fuel stock levels remaining below 20%.

Petrol stations in London and eastern England have slightly higher stocks at between 20 to 40% capacity.

The rest of England, all of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are back to normal levels of fuel (over 40%), it is understood.

For the past nine days, on average, more fuel has been delivered to forecourts than has been sold, it is understood.

Army drivers were deployed on Monday to deliver fuel and free up civilian drivers, who are now focusing on deliveries to London and the South East.

However, the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said the recovery is “simply not happening quickly enough” and called for an independent inquiry into the crisis that started towards the end of September when reports came out about a lack of HGV drivers to deliver fuel.

The PRA said a survey it carried out found 12% of filling stations in London and the southeast are still dry, while 17% have just one grade of fuel.

 Sky News

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