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Scots fuel stations hit with £30 limit after ‘unprecedented demand’ amid queues

Several fuel stations across Scotland have imposed a £30 limit per vehicle after ‘unprecedented customer demand’ sparked by shortage fears caused massive queues.

Forecourts owned by the EG Group will limit the amount of petrol and diesel customers can purchase after large scale panic buying on Friday.

The company, which owns 17 garages in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen, says that HGV drivers and the emergency services will be exempt from the rule.

A spokesperson said: “Due to the current unprecedented customer demand for fuel and associated supply challenges we have taken the decision to introduce a limit of £30 per customer on all of our grades of fuel.

“This excludes HGV drivers and emergency services due to their vital role at this time. This is a company decision to ensure all our customers have a fair chance to refuel and to enable our sites to carry on running smoothly.

“We kindly ask everyone visiting our sites to treat our colleagues, supply chain partners and customers with respect during these very challenging times.

“All of EG Group’s UK sites remain open and operational to serve customers.”

Motorists are being urged to buy fuel as normal by the UK Government

Motorists across the country faced lengthy delays when filling up on Friday amid fears of a supply issue caused by a shortage of HGV drivers.

The UK Government has urged travellers to “buy fuel as normal” as there is a “very resilient and robust supply chain”.

AA president Edmund King added: “There is no shortage of fuel and thousands of forecourts are operating normally with just a few suffering temporary supply chain problems.”

Oil Giant BP and Esso have reported minor issues in their supply chain which has led to the closure of some pumps.

BP said in a statement: “We are experiencing some fuel supply issues at some of our retail sites in the UK and unfortunately have therefore seen a handful of sites temporarily close due to a lack of both unleaded and diesel grades.

“These have been caused by some delays in the supply chain which has been impacted by the industry-wide driver shortages across the UK and there are many actions being taken to address the issue.

“We continue to work with our haulier supplier to minimise any future disruption and to ensure efficient and effective deliveries to serve our customers.”

They are currently working to address the problem, and prioritising deliveries to motorway service areas, major trunk roads and sites with the largest demands.

The company said: “We continue to work with our haulier supplier to minimise disruption and to ensure efficient and effective deliveries.”

Esso, which owns 200 Tesco Alliance sites, has reported similar issues with a “small number” of them.

A spokesperson said: “We are working closely with all parties in our distribution network to optimise supplies and minimise any inconvenience to customers.

“We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience.”

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