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Petrol stations to set £30 fuel limit after panic-buyers storm pumps amid shortage fears


DRIVERS are set to be hit with a £30 limit on fuel after panic buyers queued at petrol stations across the country amid shortage fears.

Police were yesterday forced to marshal motorists after they raced to forecourts to fill their tanks up.

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Huge queues at a petrol station in Billericay, Essex[/caption]

The government has now urged drivers to “carry on as normal” amid the chaotic scenes.

And hundreds of petrol stations are now planning to impose a £30 fuel cap per driver to ensure everyone has a “fair chance to refuel”.

The EG Group, which has 341 petrol stations in the UK, confirmed emergency services workers and lorry drivers would not be affected.

A spokesperson said: “Due to the current unprecedented customer demand for fuel and associated supply challenges we have taken the decision to introduce a limit of £30 per customer on all of our grades of fuel.

“This excludes HGV drivers and emergency services due to their vital role at this time. “This is a company decision to ensure all our customers have a fair chance to refuel and to enable our sites to carry on running smoothly.

“We kindly ask everyone visiting our sites to treat our colleagues, supply chain partners and customers with respect during these very challenging times.


“All of EG Group’s UK sites remain open and operational to serve customers.”

Hundreds of motorists blocked roads yesterday after fears over a fuel shortage due to a lack of HGV delivery drivers sparked panic buying in Britain.

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Cops were even scrambled to forecourts to manage queues and keep traffic moving as tensions flared.

Up to 100 BP petrol stations have been affected by the loss of fuel with around 20 of the company’s 1,200 forecourts closed.

Boris Johnson has now agreed to temporarily loosen immigration rules so foreign HGV drivers can work in Britain to help with the crisis.

But No10 warns any measures introduced would be “very strictly time-limited”.

Ministers are also said to be drawing up emergency plans to bring soldiers in to drive tankers to forecourts suffering supply issues.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has urged drivers not to panic buy and told drivers to “carry on as normal”.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “We have ample fuel stocks in this country and the public should be reassured there are no shortages.

“But like countries around the world we are suffering from a temporary Covid-related shortage of drivers needed to move supplies around the country.

“We’re looking at temporary measures to avoid any immediate problems, but any measures we introduce will be very strictly time-limited.

“We are moving to a high-wage, high-skilled economy and businesses will need to adapt with more investment in recruitment and training to provide long-term resilience.

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Motorists queuing for up to an hour at a Tesco petrol station in Sidcup, south-east London[/caption]

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More than 30 vehicles lining up at the ASDA petrol station at Brighton Marina, East Sussex[/caption]

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Empty fuel pumps on the forecourt of an Esso Garage in Hastings, East Sussex[/caption]

Vehicles queue for fuel at a Sainsbury’s petrol station in Weymouth
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Queues for fuel at the Tesco petrol station in Ely, Cambridgeshire[/caption]

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An aerial view of vehicles waiting to fill up at a petrol station in Ely, Cambridgeshire[/caption]

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Drivers queuing for petrol in Tonbridge, Kent[/caption]

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Pumps out of action at a BP petrol station in London[/caption]

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Queues at a Sainsbury’s petrol station in Colton, Leeds[/caption]

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has insisted motorists ‘carry on as normal’[/caption]

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Fears of a fuel shortage due to a lack of delivery drivers has sparked panic buying[/caption]

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Huge queues along the slip road to the get to the petrol station at the Swavesey services on the A14 in Cambridgeshire[/caption]



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