It is the latest industry to be hit by the labour shortages which are threatening to slow the speed of the
In a statement
"We are working closely with all parties in our distribution network to optimise supplies and minimise any inconvenience to customers. We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience," the spokesperson said.
"These have been caused by delays in the supply chain, which has been impacted by industry-wide driver shortages across the
The news comes as the heavy goods vehicle sector struggles with recruitment due to a combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit reducing the number of available drivers. A number of licence tests which were scheduled for last year were cancelled due to various lockdowns, creating a significant backlog.
The exodus of some 500,000 EU workers creating chronic shortages among road transport drivers, where European nationals previously made up 11 per cent. Job openings for transport drivers jumped 68 per cent in June compared to pre-pandemic levels according to an IFS study.
Hofer said fuel will be restocked less often "very soon," with motorway stations prioritised.
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