A 10 week dip in petrol prices has bottomed out according to the Hampshire based AA, which warns that drivers should expect a rise in prices over the coming few weeks.
At it's peak in mid April petrol prices across the Meridian region were 142.48p. This week petrol is averaging 132.18p across the South, but has started to rise again.
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Many independent petrol retailers report that 'drive-away' petrol theft is increasing. The rising cost of petrol has sparked a series of so called bilking incidents in our region.
Fresh talks aimed at averting strikes by fuel tanker drivers are to be held next week, raising hopes that industrial action can be averted. The conciliation service Acas announced that leaders of the Unite union and officials from six distribution companies will meet on Monday.
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."