As the fuel supply crisis continues there's more worrying news for motorists to consider.
They are at risk of breaking the law if they run out of petrol as garages have started rationing their limited supplies.
While there's plenty of fuel available, a lorry driver shortage has left companies struggling to transport it to the pumps, leading to excessive panic buying by motorists.
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Across the North East and England as a whole, petrol stations have had to deal with queuing and bickering over fuel as forecourts shut and pumps have run out of gas.
It has seen some drivers feel forced to take a risk however, and make a journey while running low on petrol or diesel, which could have severe consequences.
Not only will it be an inconvenience if you do run out, it could be dangerous if it happens on a motorway or a busy thoroughfare - and that could land you in trouble with the law, the Daily Express reports.
In most vehicles, if your fuel light switches on that means you have 10 to 15% of your tank left, according to the experts at the RAC.
If it starts flashing, then levels are even lower and you are in danger of becoming stranded as you drive.
Running out of fuel isn’t illegal in itself, but any careless or dangerous driving that results from it could see you punished under the law.
If you're forced to stop in the road and cause an obstruction, you could receive a penalty of £100 and three points on your driving licence.
In a worst case scenario, if your empty fuel tank leads to a road traffic collision you could be issued with nine points and an unlimited fine.
Careless driving carries an unlimited fine, which could run up to around £5,000 and up to nine penalty points.
And of course, causing a serious crash could land you in the courts to face serious charges.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, told the Express: “We have very little sympathy for drivers who run out of fuel on the motorway.
"There is no excuse for entering a motorway with low fuel or if you know something is wrong with your car.
"A breakdown puts you and your passengers at very high risk – many fatal crashes on a motorway involve a stationary vehicle."
The RAC advise that you don't enter a motorway while running low on fuel, however if you do and run out, you should pull over onto the hard shoulder and call for breakdown help.
The Government last night announced measures to tackle the shortage of drivers.
It will temporarily relax migration rules to allow in more than 10,000 workers to plug the gaps.
Haulage industry bosses have estimated there is a shortage of nearly 100,000 HGV and lorry drivers nationwide.
The problem has been blamed on combination of the loss of EU workers post-Brexit, and on delays to HGV driver training caused by the pandemic.
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