Fleet News

Fleets face further disruption at the pumps as fuel protests continue

Just Stop Oil protesters at refinery

Fleets are being warned to expect further disruption at the pumps over the Easter weekend as fuel protesters vow to continue action impacting deliveries of petrol and diesel.

Environmental activists have been protesting at oil refineries around the country since the start of April, leading to fuel shortages at some forecourts.

Many drivers have experienced issues with a supply of diesel, while others have experienced long queues to fill-up.

Protesters from Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion have been targeting oil depots around the country.

The Just Stop Oil coalition claims that the world will be “unviable” due to current Government policies to extract more oil and gas from the North Sea. 

It continued: “We cannot be bystanders while people, communities and countries across the world are sentenced to death, because our Government refused to get a grip and stop oil. 

“At this critical moment we find ourselves, as others have through history, having to do what is unpopular, to break the law to prevent a much greater harm taking place.”

It added: “The Government can end the queues and closures at petrol station forecourts immediately, ahead of the Easter holidays, by committing to halt all new oil licenses and consents. 

“Ministers have a choice: they can arrest and imprison Just Stop Oil supporters or agree to no new oil and gas.

“While Just Stop Oil supporters have their liberty the disruption will continue.”

On Sunday (April 10) a group of Just Stop Oil supporters, stopped and climbed on top of two oil tankers, and succeeded in forcing two major oil terminals in Warwickshire to cease operations.

Further south, another group accessed the Inter Terminal in Essex bringing production to a halt. These were the latest in a series of actions at oil facilities around the country since the start of the month.

Up to 12 people have been locked on to pipework in the Inter Terminal and a number of people still occupying a tunnel under a major access route to the Kingsbury Oil terminal in Warwickshire.

More than 400 people, said the campaign group, have joined actions that have succeeded in stopping operations for up to 24 hours at a time at 11 critical oil terminals that supply fuel to hundreds of petrol stations across the Midlands and South of England.

As many as one in three petrol stations are being reported as shut in the South of England due to the disruption caused by the actions, says Just Stop the Oil.

Promblems with fuel supply, comes as airports and ferry terminals have also faced delays. The Liberal Democrats have called on the Prime Minister and transport secretary to host an emergency summit at Downing Street to solve the country’s travel chaos ahead of the Easter Weekend. 

The emergency summit would include members of the travel industry such as representatives from airports, airlines, ferry operators, the highways agencies, Network Rail and the rail operators. 

Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said: “It is now or never to prevent Britain from coming to a stand-still. 

“Our airports are already scenes of chaos and drivers are being warned to only travel at night just to avoid gridlock. This is no way to run our country’s transport network.

“The Government needs to get a grip. 

“They need to bring decision-makers together and give the travel industry all the resources necessary to ensure people can make sure their journeys are safe and timely. 

“Those travelling are already furious at the lack of planning from the Government and there is now only a matter of days to fix the problem.”

Fleet News has teamed up with Allstar to bring you the fuel prices locator, enabling you to compare fuel prices and find the cheapest petrol or diesel in your area.

Even one penny per litre can make all the difference when filling up your fleet vehicles, potentially saving your company thousands of pounds a year.

Average pence per litre and per gallon petrol and diesel fuel prices in the UK regions includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. To access the latest fuel prices, click here

Click here for fuel and fuel cards best practice and procurement insight

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment

Comments

  • Sage & Onion - 12/04/2022 15:36

    Has the removal of red diesel caused extra demand on diesel at the pumps where some vehicles, whether legally or illegally, may have previously filled up with red diesel from their own storage tanks that may now be taken out of use or are awaiting cleaning of the dye?

Related content

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee