Some pumps have been sealed off after companies ran dry
Panic buying and weather disruption have combined to create fuel shortages at some petrol stations across the UK.
Some forecourts have resorted to closing off pumps after running out of supply over the weekend.
n Devon, a Shell garage was putting up hand-made ‘no-diesel’ signs while a BP garage was restricting customers to £30 of fuel each, reports ITV.
Long queues were seen at a number of locations as people tried to fill up ahead of price spikes expected since the start of war in Ukraine.
Forecourts were already struggling to keep up with demand after bad weather from storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin meant expected deliveries were not made.
That disruption was particularly severe in the South West.
According to ITV, Storm Eunice meant ships bringing supplies of fuel to the UK were unable to dock during Storm Eunice, disrupting the chain.
The nationwide average for unleaded petrol is now around £1.50 a litre, and diesel above that.
Experts warn petrol could hit £1.70, over even more, if oil prices keep rising.
This threat of a further increase in price has forced many into queuing at pumps, trying to get the cheapest price per litre in the chance it may rise more in the coming days.
Joe Michalczuk spotted long queues at his local Sainsbury’s in Winchester on Thursday.
“They had staff directing traffic” he told The Mirror.
“And the queue had built from 4pm to 7pm where it snaked around the majority of the car park.
“It was identical to the petrol panic. But rather smugly today, I have an electric car.”
According to HullLive, large queues have been spotted in Hull and parts of Lincolnshire.
DevonLive and PlymouthLive have reported empty pumps across the two counties.
In London, one person wrote on Twitter : “Long queues at every petrol station this lunchtime on the outskirts of London.
“Reminds me of the recent petrol crisis.
“I’m guessing many believe the war in Ukraine will increase the cost of petrol significantly, so they are filling up their cars now?”
Extracted in full from: Fuel shortage with queues at petrol stations across the UK – Wales Online