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