Petrol shortage: Situation in London still ‘serious’ with forecourts ‘unclear when next deliveries are’

S hortages at petrol stations remain “serious” with a tenth of petrol stations in London and the southeast still without fuel, retailers have warned. Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, also said a “large majority” of forecourts did not know when they would receive their next delivery. “A […]

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hortages at petrol stations remain “serious” with a tenth of petrol stations in London and the southeast still without fuel, retailers have warned.

Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, also said a “large majority” of forecourts did not know when they would receive their next delivery.

“A large majority of retailers continue to express concerns that they have no forward visibility of their next deliveries,”, he said.

He added: “There are many reports of wet sites quickly going dry because the continuity of tankers remains out of kilter with orders.

“The situation in London and the South East remains serious.”

Mr Madderson said there had been “a welcome improvement” in the region over the weekend with 10{92b8314a80b58944ba0df9bff999fd6692ae6ba618bc5950ca8fb5ab90484bed} of non-motorway sites running out of fuel, which was “not far behind the rest of the country”.

The figure was based on a survey of a quarter of petrol stations.

He cited figures from motoring research charity the RAC Foundation which indicated that filling stations in London and the South East were used more intensely than those elsewhere.

Mr Madderson said: “These filling stations therefore need to be refuelled more often.

“The need to refuel filling stations in London and the South East is even more necessary when customers panic buy, because there are more cars to be filled per station there than the GB average.”

The fuel crisis begin when demand surged after BP announced on September 23 it would have to close a handful of its petrol stations.

The Government says it has taken a number of steps to relieve pressure on petrol stations, such as deploying military tanker drivers and exempting the fuel industry from competition laws.

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