Like the stuff itself, petrol and diesel prices are volatile. And whether you drive or not, your life is affected by them. When the cost of a litre started to skyrocket some years ago, freight organisations and drivers groups said it couldn't go on.
Well it hasn't - and much to many people's surprise, petrol's almost below a pound a litre - and according to the boss of Shell, prices will stay low for months. But what does this mean for companies, and consumers, around the south-east? David Johns has been finding out.
The government is being urged to cut the amount of fuel duty. Independent retailers say they are being crippled by small profit margins.Read the full story ›
Talks aimed at resolving the fuel tanker drivers' dispute will be held on Wednesday, Acas announced today.
John Ryall reports on how the fuel shortage is affecting the south east.
Divya Kohli went driveabout for Meridian Tonight to find out just how hard it was to fill up her tank when supplies were running low.
Buckinghamshire Trading Standards has added its voice to those advising people not to stockpile fuel at home, saying fuel storage on domestic properties should be kept to a minimum due to increased fire risks. Anyone considering storing fuel must make sure they keep to the legal requirements.
Terry Carter, Principal Trading Standards Officer, said: “We understand the short-term difficulties a petrol strike will cause people but public safety is our number one concern - therefore we would strongly advise people to be sensible and not to take unnecessary risks with fuel.
“As with all highly flammable liquids, there are obvious safety and legal issues associated with the storage of fuel around the home, which could result in increased risks to both residents and firefighters in the event of a fire."
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service has reminded people not to store fuel in their homes, after a woman in Yorkshire was badly burned in an explosion.
The woman accidentally set fire to herself after trying to decant petrol from one container to another using a jug in her kitchen.
The petrol vapours were ignited by the gas cooker.
Area Manager John Popowicz said: “Given that there is no industrial action affecting fuel supplies as yet, our advice would be to not store fuel at home, as it is a significant fire risk.
"If you do need to have flammable materials on your premises, you should never bring them into the domestic part of the home."
Queues to buy fuel continue as stations run out across the region.Read the full story ›
More views from our Facebook friends, over panic buying of fuel:
Sharm Graves: getting married in north wales next week another thing to worry about if we will get fuel thank you goverment : ( they have not even said they are stricking yet grrrr)
Kayleigh Taylor I can see why people are panic buying it will always happen but do people forget that they can always use a bike train bus or even walk??? If people say work is too far away get a train. My partner does.
Paula Cunnington What is wrong with people. They have to give a weeks notice! It's madness. A friend of mine filled up yesterday and yes she WAS empty! The stupid woman in front of her put in £3.72. It's madness
Unite has ruled out strike action by tanker drivers over Easter to focus on talks, the union said today.