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In Pictures: Forecourt chaos yesterday but no strike this Easter says Union

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Yesterday petrol stations all over the country were bombarded by worries motorists stocking up but a fuel strike over Easter has been ruled out

Sales of petrol and diesel increased dramatically yesterday as motorists flocked to garages to fill up following controversial advice from the Government ahead of a possible strike by fuel tanker drivers.

Sales of petrol and diesel increased dramatically yesterday as motorists flocked to garages to fill up following controversial advice from the Government ahead of a possible strike by fuel tanker drivers.

Stockpile petrol in jerry cans came the advice from Francis Maude on Wednesday in advance of the feared tanker strike over Easter. The suggestion prompted a string of apologies and backtracking from government and led to forecourt queues and closures all over the country as motorists try to stock up on petrol.

A woman suffered 40 per cent burns in York on Thursday when petrol ignited as she was decanting it in her kitchen.

But the latest from the latest word from Unite union is that an Easter strike has been ruled out. Union member have agreed to join conciliation talks but haven’t rules out a strike after Easter.

Demand for petrol rose 172 per cent on Thursday, and diesel 77 per cent, said independent experts.

“This is what we didn’t want – people panic buying”, said The Petrol Retailers Association yesterday.

The police have ordered petrol stations to close in some parts of the country after government-inspired panic-buying turned into a frenzy.

Sky News however Tweeted “AA: Increased sales from panic buying will bring in more than £32m in extra fuel excise duty. ” A silver lining for the Treasury?

Sales of petrol and diesel increased dramatically yesterday as motorists flocked to garages to fill up following controversial advice from the Government ahead of a possible strike by fuel tanker drivers.

Sales of petrol and diesel increased dramatically yesterday as motorists flocked to garages to fill up following controversial advice from the Government ahead of a possible strike by fuel tanker drivers.

Cars queue for petrol at a Tesco petrol station

Cars queue for petrol at a Tesco petrol station

Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of ministers from across Government today to discuss the threatened strike by petrol tanker drivers.

Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of ministers from across Government today to discuss the threatened strike by petrol tanker drivers

Workers in five of seven companies involved in the row over terms and conditions and safety standards have voted in favour of strikes, raising the threat of walkouts over the Easter weekend, when millions of families will take to the road for the first ma

Workers in five of seven companies involved in the row over terms and conditions and safety standards have voted in favour of strikes, raising the threat of walkouts over the Easter weekend, when millions of families will take to the road for the first major holiday of the year

Petrol sales shot up by 81 per cent and diesel by 43 per cent, according to the Petrol Retailers Association, which represents around 5,500 garages across the UK

Petrol sales shot up by 81 per cent and diesel by 43 per cent, according to the Petrol Retailers Association, which represents around 5,500 garages across the UK

 

Mr Davey said keeping cars more full of fuel than usual was “part of the resilience ... so this completely wrong strike doesn’t bring the economy to a standstill”.

Mr Davey said keeping cars more full of fuel than usual was “part of the resilience … so this completely wrong strike doesn’t bring the economy to a standstill”.

 




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