Fuel shortages across Britain are running dangerously low following an abundance of panic buying, as well as a general shortage of HGV drivers.
Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) Brian Madderson estimated that “anywhere in between 50% and 90% of their forecourts are currently dry, and those that aren’t dry are partly dry and running out soon.”
He continued to say that because it was decided to prioritise motorway service areas, “people are now flocking on to motorways wherever they have one nearby and buying fuel from the motorways”.
As a result, fuel prices have risen to the highest they’ve been in over three years, with the average cost risen by four pence per litre.
The demand for petrol across the country sharply rose by 500%.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has urged people to be sensible and fill up as they normally would.
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