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Petrol station disruption likely to be ‘short-term’ issue, as panicked motorists queue through the night

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Disruption at petrol stations is likely to be a ‘short-term’ issue, the AA has assured motorists, amid scenes of hours-long queues on forecourts.

A shortage of lorry drivers – exacerbated by Covid and Brexit – has led to difficulties keeping petrol stations topped up – sparking a panic which led to long queues for fuel in towns and cities across the country on Friday and through the night.

There have also been reports of arguments breaking out at petrol stations through the night as motorists queue and gridlocked traffic blocking main roads.

AA president Edmund King says the current queues are unlikely to last because there is plenty of petrol in the UK, despite the problems getting it to pumps.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Edmund King said: “The good news is you can only really fill up once – you’ve got to use the fuel, so this should be a short-term thing.

“It’s not like the fuel crises in the past when the supplier was hit by strikes, etc.

“So, once people have filled up, they won’t travel more than they normally travel, so this strain on the system should ease up in the next few days.”

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Mr King also insisted that there “is plenty of fuel at the source” and no need to panic buy.

He said: “We were in discussions with Government ministers last night and we talked to the major fuel companies, and we can reiterate there is not a problem with supply at the source.

“Earlier in the week, there were some problems with the supply chain, as we know, due to a shortage of some lorry drivers, but that was only a localised problem.

“Frankly, what has exacerbated it is people going out and filling up when they really don’t need to.

“If you think about it, 30 million cars out there, if they’ve all got half a tank (and) if they all rush out to fill up the rest of the tank and the tank is about 60 litres, that will put a strain on the system.”

Motorists queue for petrol at a garage in south east London. (Photo: PA)

Frustrated Brits took to Twitter to complain about delays at petrol stations through the night.

Very restless night. Queues continued throughout the small hours. Garage had to close several times. Gridlock, arguments and car horns. Still snaking round the corner.

And every time I look outside, I cannot help but think: people were sold this as “taking back control”. https://t.co/lGG4fWsdUF pic.twitter.com/gLzODjZ3IL

— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) September 25, 2021

One person wrote: “Queues continued throughout the small hours. Garage had to close several times. Gridlock, arguments and car horns. Still snaking round the corner. And every time I look outside, I cannot help but think: people were sold this as “taking back control.”

Another complained: “Been woken periodically by honking horns since early hours -idiots queuing for fuel at the petrol station opposite blocking the road now it’s been narrowed by the cycle lanes in the past year to one lane! Grrr…”

Been woken periodically by honking horns since early hours -idiots queuing for fuel at the petrol station opposite blocking the road now it’s been narrowed by the cycle lanes in the past year to one lane! Grrr… pic.twitter.com/9WrNi951fv

— H Stiles (@HStiles1) September 25, 2021

Others complained of a hostile atmosphere at petrol stations as drivers got stuck in long queues. One frustrated driver said: “Quite an ugly atmosphere at the Shell petrol station across the road. Long queues, most pumps out, tooted horns and shouted words. Feels about to kick off. And it’s only Day 1.”

i has reported ministers are expected to announce that post-Brexit immigration rules will be relaxed to ease the shortage of lorry drivers

A cross-government emergency meeting was expected to sign off on introducing temporary visas for HGV drivers as part of efforts to head off the crisis.

It is also thought, in a bid to curb the chaos, hundreds of military personnel could be called in to make fuel deliveries and fill empty pumps.



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