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Panic at the pumps

The union representing petrol tanker drivers has promised that there will be no strikes over Easter.

Despite the announcement, there's been little reduction in the numbers of motorists queuing at stations across Wales.

The massive increase in demand has led to another day of intermittent supplies.

ITV Wales has been to one forecourt which ran out of fuel first thing this morning.

The reason why they have run out is simply due to the fact that they have been unable to keep up with the demand, as people are panic buying over fears tanker drivers are to strike.

Normally this particular garage, in Cyncoed in Cardiff, sells 2000 litres of unleaded petrol everyday.

Yesterday they sold 15,000 and this garage isn't unique there is a similar story across the rest of the country.


'Storing petrol at home is a potential hazard'

North Wales Fire Service is warning people that storingpetrol or other fuels at home presents a potential hazard and should be avoideddue to the risks involved. The advice comes after the UK government encouraged people to stock up on petrol ahead of any potential strike by tanker drivers.

It is an offence to store more than the legal limit of fuel, unless you have a licence issued by the Petroleum Licensing Authority. Petrol is a dangerous substance which, when present can dramatically increase the risk of fire.”

– Gary Brandrick, Senior Operations Manager North Wales Fire and Rescue