Forecourts back to normal after panic

NILABE120402h1, Bellinis petrol station, Ilkeston
NILABE120402h1, Bellinis petrol station, Ilkeston

PANIC at the petrol pumps lead to stations in Ilkeston capping the amounts drivers could buy.

On Friday both Bellini’s on Heanor Road and BP on Derby Road put out signs telling motorists not to fill up.

James Bellini, manger at Bellini’s, said: “We did limit customers to £10 fuel each on Friday, not because we were running out of supply but just to ensure we had stock if the panic buying continued.

“We did see an increase in uptake in the first few days but everything’s back to normal now.

“As long as we get stock levels back up now we should be able to cope if the drivers do go on strike.

“We’ve had similar situations before so we know how to manage it.”

Susan White, a cashier at BP told the Advertiser: “It was hectic on Thursday and Friday.

“There were people queueing and we didn’t stop all day.

“On Friday we had to limit the amount drivers could put in to £20 because we were running low but things have calmed down a lot now.”

Panic buying 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.