The news source reported that industry sources are of the opinion that its the lack of drivers and not tankers that is causing the shortages. An Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) sales agent has said that scarcity of tankers to transport fuel from Abu Dhabi to Sharjah and Ajman and other northern areas of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Increased demand for diesel in Abu Dhabi is also reportedly causing the shortages, as retailers in Dubai are charging higher prices for diesel than Adnoc, which subsidizes fuel.

Oil retailers in Dubai reportedly charge much more for diesel than Adnoc, which subsidizes the fuel. This has pushed up sales at the company’s outlets and contributed to the shortage. The situation is equally gloomy at Adnoc outlets in Sharjah and other areas, with many drivers from the northern areas of the UAE driving all the way to Al Ain and Abu Dhabi to purchase fuel.

Fuel logistics companies are however blaming the shortages on lack of drivers. The problem according to them are the newly enacted changes by the Dubai Roads and Traffic Authority, which in a bid to improve road safety has made driving tests for a heavy vehicle license increasingly difficult.