A queue of around 90 cars waiting for fuel outside an Orpington petrol station has been caught on video.
The footage from earlier today shows cars snaking along Orpington High Street from Texaco for around a mile, as concerns over fuel supply persist.
Queues at stations have continued for a third day despite reassurances from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that there is “plenty” of fuel available.
Steven Sangster, 39, who took the footage, said: “There were two sides to be seen.
Traffic jam in Widmore Road at 8.45am.
When my camera wasn’t rolling I witnessed a Royal Mail van driving fast along the middle of the road. Also, I witnessed vehicles at the back of the queue turning around occasionally causing incoming cars to break.#Bromley #panicbuying pic.twitter.com/YVXqUZRNov
— Scarlett Fox 🦊 (@SweetLemonPot) September 25, 2021
“Some angry confrontations with people seen to be cutting in, but also some camaraderie between the drivers who had been there some time and clearly saw the absurdity in it all.
“I spoke to people who couldn’t work tomorrow without fuel and another lady who wanted to get to see her dying uncle.”
Demand at one service station spiked by 500% on Saturday compared with last week as oil companies prioritise motorway forecourts amid a shortage of specialist tanker drivers, according to the Petrol Retailers Association.
Brian Madderson, chairman of the PRA, said the Government was “loath to recognise” that supplies were stuck at refineries or storage depots and were not being delivered to forecourts due to current supply issues.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend, Mr Madderson said the creation of 5,000 HGV foreign driver visas, announced by the Government on Saturday, was unlikely to alleviate petrol pressures in the “ultra-short term”.
“We might see benefits of them later in the autumn as the drivers come across and start to work, but in the very short term this panic buying has caused really serious problems,” he said.
“I’ve talked to a lot of our members this morning. They serve the main roads, the rural areas, the urban roads, and anywhere in between 50% and 90% of their forecourts are currently dry, and those that aren’t dry are partly dry and running out soon.”
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