This is how petrol stations are looking in South Tyneside as Government and AA urge people not to ‘panic buy’

Petrol stations across South Tyneside appear to be quiet as the Environment Secretary calls on motorists to stop “panic buying”.

Monday, 27th September 2021, 3:03 pm

Across South Tyneside on Monday, September 27, petrol stations appeared to be relatively quiet, with no more than a few motorists queuing for fuel at any one time.

It comes as the Environment Secretary, George Eustice, said there was not a shortage of fuel and called on motorists to stop “panic buying” petrol and return to their normal pattern of purchasing.

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This is how petrol stations looked across South Tyneside on Monday, September 27.

A fuel tanker was also spotted late on Sunday night (September 26) at Asda in South Shield refilling the forecourt.

Shell, ExxonMobile and other fuel industry bodies have insisted there is no “national shortage of fuel” and that the pressures on supply were the result of “temporary spikes in customer demand”.

Mr Eustice blamed motorists for filling up when they did not need to, saying: “The most important thing is that people buy petrol as they normally would.

“There isn’t a shortage. There have been some shortages of HGV drivers getting petrol to forecourts but actually that is quite limited.

A tanker was spotted refuelling the forecast at Asda in South Shields on Sunday evening.

“The cause of these current problems is that panic-buying episode and the most important thing is for people to start buying petrol as they normally would.

“There does come a point – as we saw during a previous episode of panic-buying during the pandemic on food – where things settle down and people get used to it, and return to life as normal again.

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“The sooner people do that the better. The only reason we don’t have petrol on the forecourts is that people are buying petrol they don’t need.”

The Gulf garage on King George Road was quiet on Monday morning.

The panic buying spree was sparked last week after concerns from BP were leaked that the shortage of lorry drivers could impact upon its ability to keep up with fuel deliveries.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the Government was creating 5,000 three-month visas for foreign lorry drivers in an attempt to ease the pressure on the industry.

He said: “For the vast majority of drivers there is no need to rush to the pumps, and we urge people to only fill up when essential. There is no need to top up ‘just in case’.

Jet in Cleadon had a very small queue.

“Millions of drivers changed their refuelling habits this weekend, but once a tank is full it can’t be topped up. This short-term increase in demand should slow and allow forecourts time to restock. We anticipate things will return to normal within the coming days.

“Drivers also need to be careful because this weekend we have seen a dramatic rise in misfuelling (putting in the wrong fuel) compared to last weekend.

“This in turn unnecessarily reduces the fuel available as the whole tank has to be drained before refilling with the correct fuel."

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Esso on Crossgate in South Shields was virtually empty on Monday morning.