Drivers warned that ‘disruption will continue’ as petrol and diesel shortages grip the UK

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Since the start of April, environmental activists have been protesting at oil refineries around the country, leading to shortages of petrol and diesel at some fuel forecourts. Many drivers have experienced issues with a supply of diesel, while others have experienced waiting times of up to 30 minutes to fill up.

Protestors from Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion have targeted oil depots around the country for the last two weeks.

Because of this, a petrol station boss says he has been inundated with calls from anxious motorists amid rolling diesel shortages in Warwickshire.

Amar Tanna, who runs two forecourts near Rugby, says people have travelled from across the region to purchase diesel, because its availability is fluctuating so wildly.

Mr Tanna said the BP he manages at Stretton Service Station on the A45, near Stretton-on-Dunsmore, had been without diesel for two days. 

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RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said March 2022 will “go down in the history books as one of the worst ever months when it comes to pump prices”.

He added that drivers will be “aggrieved” at the cut to fuel duty at the end of March, which was not seen at all forecourts.

It also comes at a time when many drivers are fearing the rise of other household costs including gas and electricity.

New research has found that more than £1.2billion will be spent on fuel over the Easter weekend, as more than 20 million people look to travel at least once.

Around 65 percent of British motorists admit they wish they didn’t have to drive anywhere over Easter, citing the cost of fuel as one of the main reasons.

RAC Fuel Watch data shows the average price of unleaded petrol stands at 162.44p per litre, although this “should fall”.

Despite this, an average family car with a 55-litre tank will need to fork out almost £90 to fill it completely, with waiting times at petrol stations potentially putting some drivers off.

According to webuyanycar, drivers will travel 111 miles between Friday and Monday over the Easter weekend.


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