Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has insisted ‘there is no shortage of fuel within the country’ in the wake of widespread panic buying that has brought roads across the UK to a standstill.
Recent days have seen panicked drivers cause huge queues beyond forecourts while some stations were forced to ration petrol or close altogether as demand outstripped the pace of supply amid a shortage of tanker drivers.
It has led to some garages imposing a limit of £30 per customer on fuel, to ensure that there is enough to go around.
The move affects hundreds of stations across the country – but which garages have the £30 limit?
Here’s what you need to know…
Which petrol stations have a £30 limit on fuel?
Petrol stations operated by the EG Group have imposed the £30 limit per customer filling up.
The Lancashire-based group operates 341 garages across the UK – and you can use their location finder to check if your nearest petrol station is among them.
A spokesperson for the company said: ‘Due to the current unprecedented customer demand for fuel and associated supply challenges we have taken the decision to introduce a limit of £30 per customer on all our grades of fuel.
‘This excludes HGV drivers and emergency services due to their vital role at this time.
“This is a company decision to ensure all our customers have a fair chance to refuel and to enable our sites to carry on running smoothly.’
How long will the panic buying last?
How long is the panic buying likely to last for?
It depends on motorists’ behaviour and whether there are further distribution issues, with AA President Edmund King saying: ‘The good news is you can only really fill up once – you’ve got to use the fuel, so this should be a short-term thing.’
The bigger question is how long the HGV driver shortage will take to fix and that could take several months, despite any emergency policy announced by the government.
Although visas are set to be granted for 5,000 additional drivers from the EU, it’s this shortage which led to some supply issues – rather than there being a lack of actual petrol.
Speaking to Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday programme, Grant Shapps said: ‘I think the important thing to know is that within the country, at the six refineries and 47 storage facilities, there is plenty of fuel, there is no shortage of fuel within the country.
‘So the most important thing is actually that if people carry on as they normally would and fill up their cars when they normally would, then you won’t have queues and you won’t have shortages at the pump either.’