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Fuel shortage... [Sep. 13th, 2005|11:25 pm]
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Maybe I'm over-simplifying this... but isn't it the "mad rush of people topping up on petrol and diesel earlier than they normally would do, and filling up endless petrol cans, because they think there's going to be a fuel shortage"... causing a fuel shortage?

I've just got back home from Nottingham, and almost every petrol station I went past is either closed, or backed up for about half a mile in queues!

I'm now in an awkward situation where my car is now running on fumes, and I have a heavily pregnant wife who may need to go to hospital at a moments notice.  I've also got to fill up my hire car before I send it back... otherwise my company will be charged something stupid like £1.20 a litre, by the hire company, to fill it on my behalf.

Stop me if I'm on the wrong track here, but there was never any real danger of a fuel shortage until people started being selfish and thinking of themselves!

As someone pointed out in this BBC News article.
"We certainly will face shortages now unless everyone stops trying to squeeze every drop of petrol into their tanks and jerry cans."
Nice going(!)
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[User Picture]From: yumseta
2005-09-13 10:33 pm (UTC)
It's madness, I'd agree with ya there.
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[User Picture]From: brainlag
2005-09-13 11:56 pm (UTC)
It's nuts. Bloody idiots. Glad I've still got half a tank, although I have spotted a couple of quiet places even at 5pm this evening, ones nobody ever uses because they're either on the wrong side of the road, or hidden from view when you're on the right side.

Also, try now, at night. The 24hr Tesco hypermarket by me has a petrol station which is only manned during the daytime, the rest of the time the pumps are active, but you need to pay by card on the pump itself. I imagine even if there is a queue at this time of night, the throughput would be high. Provided they've not run out.
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[User Picture]From: stephaniewalker
2005-09-14 06:44 am (UTC)
I suspect it's something to do with the way its been reported.

I filled up the other evening. I had half a tank. I remember the last fuel protests tho' and people not being able to get to work etc. Last time it didn't bother me as I didn't drive anywhere at the time. This time I'm working and it's at the start of my working week so I wanted to "be prepared".
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From: varno
2005-09-14 09:17 am (UTC)
In the scheme of things, £1.20 isn't that high for fuel prices anymore... If that were me, thats the option I'd choose!

It is pretty annoying all round though.
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2005-09-14 03:53 pm (UTC)
It's the brainless morons who've been influenced by the media's scaremongering who will be the ones causing the fuel shortage. In the end, they'll be the death of us all. Apparently Sudbury was fuel-dry yesterday. I've heard tales of the local Police being called in at the petrol stations, to keep a firm hand on the situation.

Here's a fuel-buyer's tip. Apparently Sainsbury's at London Colney just off Junction 22 of the M25 (about 3 miles from Jimmy's house) is the cheapest place in these parts for fuel.
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[User Picture]From: tean
2005-09-15 10:12 am (UTC)
My thoughts too... the only preparation I thought of taking was to take my work laptop home if I got short on fuel ;)
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[User Picture]From: oneeyedfreak
2005-09-16 05:02 am (UTC)
Maybe I'm over-simplifying this... but isn't it the "mad rush of people topping up on petrol and diesel earlier than they normally would do, and filling up endless petrol cans, because they think there's going to be a fuel shortage"... causing a fuel shortage?

No sir. Not over-simplifying.

The same sort of nonsense went on over here.
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