Energy secretary Ed Davey has asked conciliation service ACAS to try to achieve a negotiated settlement in the fuel tanker row.
He said ministers and the Health & Safety Executive thought health and safety levels were "proportionate", but they took union Unite's health and safety fears "seriously".
The conciliatory service Acas has announced that talks aimed at resolving the fuel tanker drivers' dispute will be held on Wednesday.
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Preparations are due to start today for talks to resolve the fuel tanker drivers' dispute which lead to panic petrol buying across the UK.