Reaction to petrol panic

Queues of cars at Morrison's at Brampton waiting to refuel following a tanker arrival in the morning
Queues of cars at Morrison's at Brampton waiting to refuel following a tanker arrival in the morning

EASTER strike action threatened by petrol tankers is off the cards according to the union Unite.

A strike may still be called after Easter, but only if talks between employers and the union are unsuccessful.

We went out into Chesterfield to ask what people thought to a proposed strike and to ask if they had had any problems filling up.

Driver, Al Huntington, 46, from Saltergate, said he wasn’t bothered: “I’ll be alright if there’s a strike, I’ll just use my bike because I only work in Staveley.”

However, other drivers said they had queued to get fuel, like Marilyn Henshaw, 29, from Brimington.

She said: “I had to queue for about fifteen minutes.

“I have filled up because I needed to, not because I was panic buying,”

Another motorist, Jonathan Francis, 31, from Newbold, said: “I saw them queuing yesterday at Tesco on Newbold Road and it had sold out of petrol.”

With petrol stations in the area running dry, non-drivers like Carl Keetley, 25, from Loundsley Green, were bemused by the crisis: “It’s pretty weird and I don’t even think there’s going to be a strike.”

Motorists have been queuing at pumps across the country to top up their tanks, causing traffic jams and long delays.

Government advice is to be sensible when filling up, by putting in extra petrol and telling drivers to ensure that they are not running on empty.