Tanker Drivers' Action

Strike begins to have a greater impact / confusion at the pumps

16 June 2008

AA patrols in Wales and the South West have today (16) begun reporting more widespread shortages and queuing at the pumps.


  • Long queues formed on the M5 junction 30 near Exeter as cars waited to fill up at Exeter services.
  • At the Texaco station in Barry, South Wales, there was chaos with queuing onto the main roads and a roundabout. The Esso station had no fuel.
  • Motorists struggled to fill up in Bridgend this morning.
  • Around the South East today several Shell stations only had acouple of pumps working.
  • Reports from Worcestershire indicated that finding diesel was a problem.
  • Some garages in Bournemouth ran dry on Friday night.

Motorists have reported confusion at the pumps over supplies and have complained about poor signing. Many motorists are driving on and off forecourts as it is unclear what fuel is available. Many stations have just put signs on the individual pumps which cannot be seen from the road.

AA comment

Commenting, Edmund King, president of the AA said:

"The impact of the strike is really being felt today particularly in Wales and the South West. In some localised areas motorists are struggling to find fuel.

"We would like to see clearer signing at the garages as it is not always clear that pumps have run dry and motorists are wasting precious fuel by entering the forecourts.

"If there is another four day strike the implications would be worse as it will take longer to restock all garages across the country.

"Generally, motorists have acted sensibly and didn't rush to the pumps. The high cost of fuel was also a factor in that many families can't afford to fill up due to record prices at the pumps.

"There are indications that motorists are following our eco-driving tips with more sticking to the speed limits and cutting out shorter journeys. We reiterate our plea to motorists, "Don't waste a drop", as even with the strike due to end it will take a little while to get supplies back to normal."

An AA Populus Panel of 17,500 members reported that two thirds of motorists back in April had cut back on journeys, reduced other expenditure or done both, due to the high cost of fuel.

Since last June we have seen a 25% increase in the cost of diesel and this is affecting drivers across the country.

The AA president has written to the Chancellor demanding that the threatened 2p per litre increase planned for October should be dropped.


16 June 2008