Energy Secretary Ed Davey has told BBC News that motorists should should "fill up" if they intend to go on a long journey this Easter. He also advised drivers to aim to keep their tanks over half-full. He said:
The average tank is a third full and I think if we can increase the average maybe to two thirds, I think people should be topping up when their tanks go below, say, half-full, that sort of figure.
Motorists have been ignoring calls not to panic buy fuel prompting shortages and queues at petrol forecourts across the country.
Petrol operators around the country have attempted to weather the latest fuel crisis, by means of hiking up prices in some areas.