Some petrol stations in Cornwall will be capping customers as of tomorrow, as drivers ignore government pleas for calm and panic buy fuel.
An employee of Applegreen fuel station, St Austell, said in a local Facebook group that the site has run out of diesel as of around 5.30pm.
The employee said: “No diesel left at Applegreen fuel station next to McDonald’s, gone through at least 24,000 litres!
“Enough reserve left for emergency vehicles, got a delivery tomorrow early afternoon but capping at £40ish.”
Other filling stations across the country are due to do the same, some capping at £40, others at £30.
A rise in fuel prices sparked fuel shortages in a small number of petrol stations across the UK.
While the shortages are currently small, it has led to a national panic buying frenzy.
Earlier today, Police begged the people of Devon and Cornwall to stop panic buying petrol and diesel in both counties – stating there is no fuel shortage.
Devon and Cornwall Police posted the plea to social media earlier today (September 25) and said panic buyers clogging up roads could delay emergency services reaching their destination.
A spokesperson for the force urged people to act “sensibly” and to not rush out to get fuel if they do not need it.
They also said there was “no fuel shortage” in either Devon or Cornwall.
The spokesperson said: “Communities in Devon and Cornwall are being reminded that there is no fuel shortage in either county – and there is no need to panic buy.
“Concerns about a shortage of fuel have led to an increase in the number of motorists visiting filling stations.
“This has caused queues and congestion on some roads, which can cause delays to other motorists and have an impact on critical and emergency services.”
They added reports of a shortage had not impacted the police, and that the force has not been affected by running out of petrol.
“We are calling for the public to behave sensibly and not panic buy,” the spokesperson added.
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