Thornbury's petrol stations start to run dry as motorist's panic buy ahead of potential strike action
By Trucks79 | Thursday, March 29, 2012, 19:08
Over the last couple of days fuel stations across the country including the two in Thornbury have seen customers increase by for than 400 percent ahead of strike fears. Some motorists feel that they were made more concerned following comments from ministers only the last 48 hours.
Local motorist Lucy Down said "I use my car to get to work every morning in Weston Super Mare, Thornbury does not have a train service and also no direct bus route so I have no option but to drive, which means I must have fuel"
One shopper outside Tesco's in Thornbury earlier today said "I have never seen Tesco's garage so busy. It is like people will never have the chance to fill up again.
The crazy thing is that there is no strikes planned and before all the panic buying there was not even a fuel shortage.
It's understood that talks will now take place on between unions and tanker firms on Monday reducing the risk of any possible strikes over the Easter holiday.
Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour party said "The Prime Minister is presiding over a shambles on petrol.
"The country is paying the price for the incompetent way he is governing.
"In a delicate situation which demanded statesmanship the Government showed partisanship.
"They made a crude decision to play politics with petrol without regard for the consequence.
"Being able to fill your car up or worrying about how you will get to work is not something that should be subject to political games. This is real life and Ministers are out of touch with people sitting in queues as a result of their incompetence.
"Now the Prime Minister needs to get a grip and calm the situation.
"Strikes should be avoided at all costs. That means getting both sides negotiating through ACAS today.
Other nearby fuel stations have already started to run dry at the pumps including Asda in Longwell Green, Shell, Cribbs Causeway, Asda Cribbs Causeway and Morrisions Cribbs Causeway.
Have you had problems obtaining fuel? Are you worried that you may experience problems getting to work? Or do you think that motorists are panic buying for no reason? Let us know your views.