Gasoline retailers have warned that the “panic buying” of gasoline continues today, with some gas stations still running dry and others with long lines.
Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) president Brian Madderson told the Today Program that social media helps people find where fuel is available.
“Unfortunately, the messages I get this morning from our retailers are that panic buying continues.
One of the reasons is social media. As soon as the tanker arrives at a gas station, social media reports that a tanker has arrived and it’s like bees in a honey pot.
“Everyone is flocking in there and within hours he’s out again. “
Q: But it’s not a panic buy if you have a job to do, a sick or elderly relative to care for, or if you need to bring in the family, is it? It is quite rational.
Madderson says people are panicking buying by filling their tanks to the brim. Normally the average ‘fill’ is around £ 25 – but petrol stations have seen fillings over £ 100.
Q – So why not introduce limits of £ 30? (as EG Group has done in its gas stations)
Madderson says this can be divisive for staff, who must decide if anyone really needs more than £ 30.
Q: Have you discussed with the government the possibility of a special initiative to allow workers essential to have access to gasoline? (like groups like the British Medical Association asked)
Madderson says that under the National Fuel Emergency Plan, about 50% of sites are Designated Service Stations (DFS) for emergency workers.
But he argues that it is also a “very complex situation” for the staff of the forecourt, who should decide who is an emergency worker and who is not, and what kind of supporting documents they need. to present.
This is a situation of last resort, and I hope we are not there yet.
The government’s national emergency plan (online here) says that in the event of a severe national fuel shortage, emergency and critical service vehicles would have priority access to road fuel from service stations.
Birmingham University Hospitals The fuel plan (online here) explains that essential users are identified by vehicle type and agency logos, while temporary logos would be available for essential health workers who do not have a logo vehicle, such as general practitioners, community nurses and midwives.