Drivers still panic-buying petrol

Drivers have kept on panic-buying, causing chaos at some garages around the UK.

The trend continued as it was revealed that talks for resolving the tanker drivers' dispute will not take place before Monday. Long queues formed outside some garages with drivers being greeted with "sold out" or "food only" signs.

The trend seemed to indicate anxiety rising among motorists, already hit by the economic downturn, and the present crisis may come as a sharp reminder to havebreakdown cover in the event of running out of fuel.

The situation was blamed by the Petrol Retailers Association on Government advice over keeping topped up, including a heavily criticised call by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude to fill up jerry cans.

"This is exactly what we didn't want - people panic-buying," said an association spokesman. "Deliveries are still being made to garages and we are advising people to continue with their normal buying habits."

The association represents around 5,500 garages.

Meanwhile, the conciliation service Acas said its officials were in touch with the Unite union and seven distribution firms involved in the dispute to try to organise a meeting to head off any industrial action.

Copyright Press Association 2012