Motorists flock to petrol pumps

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PETROL stations across the southside are dealing with queues of customers after warnings from Westminster to stockpile fuel.

Demand has been growing across forecourts since Tuesday, as tanker drivers under the Unite union threaten to strike – and David Cameron has issued a public statement advising motorists to top up their tanks.

Despite the warning, no strike has been called and talks are in progress. Legally, the union must give seven days notice before actioning a strike.

The UK government’s stance has been criticised by the Fire Brigades Union, which has said that advising people to store petrol in jerrycans – either in garages or in car boots – is potentially “dangerous” and “irresponsible”.

Still, petrol sales soared by 45 per cent yesterday (Wednesday), and today, southside fuel stations were inundated with customers.

Morrisons in Giffnock suffered queues tailing back to Fenwick Road, with a petrol tanker struggling to fit through the crowd to deliver supplies.

Smaller garages on Nether Auldhouse and Pollokshaws Roads were also busy, with drivers stocking up just in case.

Around 2,000 tanker drivers are part of the Unite union and have voted to strike – they supply an estimated 90 per cent of the UK’s petrol stations.

The union has agreed to negotiations, and for now no strike is imminent.

Have you been stockpiling fuel, or had trouble getting petrol at your local station? Share your stories and opinions at gillian.loney@jpress.co.uk