Snaking queues formed at petrol stations as drivers around Scotland raced to fill up their cars with petrol and diesel.

The scenes at petrol stations comes after a shortage of lorry drivers has led to a disruption in transporting fuel to garages - causing drivers across Scotland and the rest of the UK to begin panic buying.

The Manchester Evening News has reported the British Army will be brought in to help ease the situation.

Motorists have been seen causing heavy queues at stations and filling up jerry cans.
Motorists have been seen causing heavy queues at stations and filling up jerry cans.

Drivers have been told that there is no fuel shortage and they have 'urged' to stop panic buying as this is leading to the current disruptions.

Environmental secretary George Eustice said there was not a shortage of fuel and called on motorists to stop “panic buying” petrol and return to their normal pattern of purchasing.

Petrol stations have also began issuing statements that have been advising customer's that there is no need for panic buying, with stations registered with the EG group now introducing a £30 "top up limit" to avoid any more disruptions.

While the current crisis is UK wide, multiple petrol stations in Scotland have been experiencing high demand of fuel from customers, and multiple stations have been forced to shut completely.

Drivers across Scotland have been sharing their frustrations across Twitter about the lack of fuel availability at pumps across the country, with shortages confirmed at BP, Shell and Sainsbury's.

One person tweeted "I drove this morning from Hastings to Glasgow. I tried seven petrol stations before I found one with petrol for sale. Joke!"

Another driver tweeted "No petrol/Diesel at two main petrol stations in Broughty Ferry in Dundee around 5pm Friday."

Other drivers have advised that the Dundee Asda petrol station was closed and the Tesco had several pumps closed as well.

Several Shell stations in Edinburgh have also reported no high octane petrol and reduced availability.

With the cost of petrol rising to the highest since September 2013 and a surge in customer demand, multiple petrol stations and supermarkets have provided an update on the current situation:


Fuel station Aberdeen with no fuel sign.
Fuel stations in Aberdeen and other major cities have reported shortages.

A Tesco spokesperson told Manchester Evening News: “We have good availability of fuel, and we’re working really hard to ensure regular deliveries to our petrol filling stations across the UK every day”.

Drivers from Greenock have been advising on Twitter that their local Tesco petrol station was closed due to the panic buying.


ASDA is yet to comment, though drivers in both Glasgow and Aberdeen have experienced long queues at pumps and some stations have completely closed.

One driver tweeted "Just passed the petrol station at Asda and Sainsbury's at Bridge of Dee in Aberdeen. Big queues of cars in fact Asda one is blocking Garthdee Road."


A Morrisons spokesperson said: "It is a rapidly moving situation and we are working hard with our suppliers to ensure we can continue to keep our pumps open and serve our customers. We apologise for the inconvenience caused during this time."


Sainsbury's said: "We’re experiencing high demand for fuel. We’re working closely with our supplier to maintain supply and all our sites continue to receive fuel."


In a statement, BP said: "With the intense demand seen over the past two days, we estimate that around 30% of sites in this network do not currently have either of the main grades of fuel.

"We are working to resupply as rapidly as possible."


Shell said: "We are working hard to ensure supplies for customers. Since Friday we have been seeing a higher-than-normal demand across our network which is resulting in some sites running low on some grades."

It has been reported that Shell garages in Aberdeen on Wellington Road and Anderson Drive have had to put up signs advising that there is no petrol or diesel at their forecourts.


Esso said: "The majority of the 1,200 Esso branded sites in the UK are owned and operated by a number of independent retail companies – these companies are responsible for arranging supplies of Esso fuel from the supply terminal to their service stations. As regards our own operations, a number of our 200 Tesco Alliance sites (Esso forecourt with a Tesco Express shop) are impacted in some way.

"We are working closely with all parties in our distribution network to optimise supplies and minimise any inconvenience to customers.

"We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience.

"Our advice is for motorists to stick to their normal buying patterns."

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