Petrol stations to set £30 fuel limit after panic-buyers storm pumps

Motorists are set to be hit with a £30 limit on fuel at petrol stations after panic-buyers stormed the pumps amid fears of a fuel shortage.

Police have been called in to patrol some petrol stations after drivers were forced to wait for up to 30 minutes to fill up at forecourt across the country.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps urged drivers not to panic buy petrol last night, but queues have still been reported this morning.

And some selfish drivers started filling up jerry cans with fuel after queuing from the early hours of this morning.

Now hundreds of petrol stations are now planning to impose a £30 fuel cap per driver to ensure everyone has a “fair chance to refuel”.

The EG Group, which is owned by the billionaire Issa brothers and has 389 petrol stations in the UK, confirmed the emergency services and lorry drivers would not be affected.

A spokesperson for the firm 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.

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"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.

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

It comes after hundreds of motorists blocked roads yesterday after fears over a fuel shortage due to a lack of HGV delivery drivers sparked panic buying at the pumps.

Cops were even scrambled to forecourts to manage queues and keep traffic moving as tensions flared.

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