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Petrol body warns there is ‘no improvement’ in solving the fuel crisis as it is a ‘monumental task at the moment’

30th Sep 21 2:33 pm

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has warned there has been “no improvement” with the supply of petrol at filling stations.

The PRA represents almost 5,500 filling stations out of the UK’s 8,300 and over a quarter, or 27% of their members stations had run empty on Thursday.

The PRA chairman Brian Maddderson said, “Trying to calm this down appears to be a monumental task at the moment.

“The surge in demand appears to be continuing.

“There’s been no easing off of the pressure from drivers wanting to refuel whenever they can, wherever they can.”

There has also been many reports that forecourt attendants have been facing a barrage of abuse and have been physically assaulted.

Gordon Balmer, executive director of the PRA said on Wednesday, “We are extremely disappointed to hear many forecourt staff are experiencing a high level of both verbal and physical abuse which is completely unacceptable.

“Forecourts are trying their best to manage queues and ensure there is plenty of fuel to go around.”

Balmer added that fuel deliveries “have been reduced solely due to the shortage of HGV drivers,” but “fuel stocks remain normal at refineries and terminals.”

The pound has fallen against the US dollar and Madderson warned of the likelihood fuel prices will go up at the pump as Brent Crude has also risen above $80 a barrel.

He added, “Those two have already started to impinge on wholesale prices which have gone up – in the last three nights, by nearly 3p a litre.”

He said Boris Johnson’s plans to use the army would help, but there has to be a change in public behavior and stop panic buying.

He said, “Lets just try and calm it down please.”

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