Queues as drivers rush to fill up

Petrol stations across Britain are reporting fuel shortages and long queues as the Government dismissed accusations that it had triggered panic buying ahead of the impending strike by fuel tanker drivers.

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Hundreds of fuel stations out of stock

Up to 37% of fuel stations across the UK were out of stock on Monday Credit: PA

Up to 37% of fuel stations across the UK were out of petrol, diesel or both, on Monday suggesting normal supply has not resumed, the Retail Motor Industry Federation said.

The organisation also revealed there was almost 60% less Super Diesel available than on a normal week and 50% less Super Unleaded petrol. There was 28.8% less Unleaded petrol and 11.7% less Diesel.

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  1. Richard Gaisford

Some petrol stations run out of fuel

In Bicester we're seeing all the effects you'd expect to get from industrial action without any sign of the strike yet. The manager at one of Bicester's petrol stations thinks he is going to be down to one pump within the next few hours.

His petrol station is the only one in Bicester that actually has all fuels available this morning and he says he is on a priority list for another delivery but won't be getting any fuel again until Monday. So you can see what the problem is.

When you turn up at other petrol stations the cones are out, the signs are up and the locks are on the pumps and it really is a problem that has spread right the way across the country. The government is going to be sitting down with hauliers to decide what to do if the strike actually happens.

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  1. Richard Gaisford

Signs of fuel shortages across Britain

Sign at petrol pump Credit: Daybreak

There are more signs of some petrol stations running dry in parts of Britain this morning, even though no dates for a strike have been set.

Out of six petrol stations in Bicester this is the only one with any fuel.

Bicester petrol station Credit: Daybreak

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Panic-buying brings in £32m in extra fuel duty

Fuel from panic-buying by motorists on Wednesday will bring in more than £32 million in extra fuel excise duty.

Petrol pumps have run dry across the UK as demand for fuel soared. Credit: Press Association

The AA calculated the figure after petrol sales shot up by 81% and diesel by 43% as motorists flocked to garages across the UK to fill up following advice from ministers.

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