After a fourth day of queues for fuel, it has emerged that key workers would be given exclusive access to certain petrol stations under emergency government measures to ease the crisis.
The plan would grant essential workers “priority access” to pumps and would cap the amount drivers can spend on fuel.
The Prime Minister is facing calls from NHS groups, unions and medical bodies, as well as Labour and Tory politicians, to make sure doctors, nurses and other key workers get fuel first.
Boris Johnson has also ordered up to 150 Army tanker drivers to be trained to deliver petrol in an attempt to ease shortages.
Ten fuel companies issued a joint statement saying they expected demand to “return to its normal levels in the coming days”. In the meantime, here are some of our tactics for finding stations with fuel .
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