Fuel strike panic hits Welwyn Hatfield petrol stations

PUBLISHED: 10:22 29 March 2012 | UPDATED: 11:44 30 March 2012

Queues at the Total garage in WGC this morning

Queues at the Total garage in WGC this morning


MOTORISTS are facing chaos at the petrol pumps this morning (Thursday), as worried drivers fill up their cars amid rumours of fuel tanker drivers’ strike.

The apparent outbreak of panic-buying motorists was evident in Welwyn Hatfield this morning, following the Government’s advice to fill up their tanks once they become half-empty.

Energy secretary Ed Davey made the statement after hundreds of fuel tanker drivers threatened to strike over working conditions.

The advice came after a previous Government warning, since withdrawn, told motorists to store petrol in jerrycans in case the strike went ahead.

The Government has been heavily criticised for the way its handled the situation, with Labour leader Ed Milliband demanded an apology from ministers for creating a crisis.

At the Total garage in Stanborough Road, WGC, today, cars lined the street as drivers waited to fill up.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times spoke to some of the queing motorists, who also blamed the Government for the panic-buying.

Lorry driver Armando Gambone was actually delivering petrol to the station, and said he’d been queing from the bottom of Stanborough Road.

He said he thought the Government’s advice had caused motorists to start panic buying.

“I don’t think it helps,” he said. “They [the fuel tanker drivers] haven’t even decided to strike yet. The public are taking it a bit too far.”

Matthew Anderson was also waiting in line.

Asked if he thought the Government were to blame for the sudden chaos, he said: “Definitely.

“I’m not panic buying – I’m completely empty. But people are definitely panic buying.”

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