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Demand for petrol rose 172% on Thursday amid fears of a fuel tanker drivers' strike, while diesel was up 77%, according to independent retailers' group RMI Petrol

The government advised motorists to top up tanks but has denied retailer claims its comments caused "panic buying".Energy Secretary Ed Davey is to meet haulage companies later to discuss contingency plans for a strike.

Unite union members are threatening to strike over pay and conditions.Queues formed at many petrol stations across the country on Thursday as demand for fuel rose.

Some garages ran dry but retailers said they were coping and normal deliveries would ensure supplies were replenished.

Some 90% of UK forecourts are supplied by the Unite union's 2,000 or so members at the centre of the dispute.

Unite's drivers, who deliver fuel to Shell and Esso garages and supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury's, have called for minimum working conditions covering pay, hours, holiday and redundancy.

Source: BBC News

Written by Scott Buckler
Friday, 30 March 2012 8:08

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