The UK diverts scarce fuel to petrol stations, not major businesses, according to Telegraph

The UK diverts scarce fuel to petrol stations, not major businesses, according to Telegraph ...

Fuel is being diverted from major businesses in the UK to pumping stations on September 29, a move that could compel online deliveries to dismal effect, according to The Telegraph on Wednesday.

According to industry sources, executives operating Britain's network of fuel terminals have instructed executives to send tankers heading for large businesses to garages and service stations instead, according to the newspaper. The newspaper also stated that the government stated it did not require any fuel deliveries to be diverted.

Britain has been hit by a rush of panic buying, leaving petrol stations dry across major towns. Oil firms have warned that they don't have enough tanker drivers to move petrol and diesel from refineries to filling stations.

The government ordered soldiers to start driving fuel tankers to replenish empty pumps after nearly a week of shortages. read more about the government's instructions.

The UK government did not respond to Reuters' request for comment, but a spokesman told the newspaper it was "simply untrue" to suggest that officials had ordered fuel firms to divert their deliveries.

"There has always been and continues to be plenty of fuel at refineries and terminals, and we are now seeing signs that the pump situation has begun to improve with more stations getting more fuel," the spokesman quoted by the newspaper.

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