Forecourts back to normal after panic

NILABE120402h2, Asda petrol station Langley mill.
NILABE120402h2, Asda petrol station Langley mill.

PANIC at the petrol pumps lead to some local stations running dry last week.

The filling station in Awsworth completely ran out of fuel one day last week and residents reported drivers ‘queuing like maniacs’ at Morrisons in Eastwood, Sainsbury’s in Kimberley and Asda at Langley Mill.

Staff at all the local garages say trade has now slowed back to a normal level.

The panic began after the Government advised drivers to keep their tanks topped up as fuel tanker drivers threatened to strike over health and safety concerns and complaints about working conditions.

Talks over the walk out were being held as the Advertiser went to press but both the unions representing the drivers and the Government said they hoped to avoid strike action.

Nottinghamshire County Council this week told motorists that they could be putting lives at risk by storing large amounts of fuel at home.

And fuel retailers are being reminded of their responsibilities to stop the irresponsible sale of fuel to motorists in the first place.

Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue are issuing the joint warning to retailers and consumers following reports that some motorists were spotted filling multiple containers of fuel at forecourts across the county.

The council is writing to all 150 licensed petrol sites and businesses in the county reminding them of their responsibilities to adhere to petrol licensing conditions.