The great petrol panic is over, for now

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PETROL stations across the country have been dealing with queues of customers, following warnings from Westminster to stockpile fuel.

On Friday, 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.

Although demand has subsided after a spike in sales last week, and no strike by the tanker drivers in the Unite union is emminent, authorities have issued safety warnings to people with stockpiled fuel.

East Renfrewshire council’s trading standards team have issued advice to residents in response to the recent panic buying, and should a strike arise in the future.

Motorists are asked to bear in mind that petrol is corrosive: it can burn through containers, leave chemical burns on skin, vaporise and ignite easily and can damage clothing.

It should be stored as quickly as possible in an approved container, stored outside of the house and car and transferred only to a vehicle’s petrol tank, in an open space.

Make sure that the container is fully empty as any left may vaporise, wash hands and clothes thoroughly if splashed and leave the container upside down after use, so that any vapour dissipates.

Despite the panic caused by the UK government’s statements last week — advising motorists to top up their tanks in case of a strike — the threat of action has receded.

Unite and its 2,000 driver members are now in talks with employers, and as seven days notice must be given before any strike there is no risk of it occurring over the Easter weekend.