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BP, Shell, and Texaco change rules on filling up petrol amid fuel queues


A wave of motorists filling up on fuel has led to petrol stations issuing statements on the ongoing crisis.

Tesco, Morrisons, BP, Shell, Esso and Texaco have all issued statements amidst the soaring demand as this weekend saw heavy queues at stations from drivers.

The statements come after the shortage of lorry drivers have led some forecourts being forced to close.

Despite being advised that there is currently no shortage, drivers continue to flock to stations to fill up and have been seen filling up jerry cans – which they have been warned is adding to the current crisis.

As drivers continue to panic buy fuel, some petrol stations have had to introduce a “£30 top up limit” to ensure that all customers have the opportunity to fill up.

Below are the statements made by petrol stations regarding the current crisis.

Esso

Esso and Texaco have introduced a £30 limit on fuel purchases after motorists were seen filling multiple jerry cans as the government warned the public not to panic buy fuel.

Texaco

Esso and Texaco have introduced a £30 limit on fuel purchases after motorists were seen filling multiple jerry cans as the government warned the public not to panic buy fuel.

Tesco

A Tesco spokesperson added: “We have good availability of fuel, and we’re working really hard to ensure regular deliveries to our petrol filling stations across the UK every day”.

Morrisons

And Morrisons said: “It is a rapidly moving situation and we are working hard with our suppliers to ensure we can continue to keep our pumps open and serve our customers”

Shell

In a separate joint statement from the likes of Shell, ExxonMobile and Greenergy, the industry reiterated that the pressures on supply were being caused by “temporary spikes in customer demand, not a national shortage of fuel”.

Shell added: “We are working hard to ensure supplies for customers. Since Friday we have been seeing a higher-than-normal demand across our network which is resulting in some sites running low on some grades.”

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