The Petrol Retailers Association, which represents two-thirds of UK filling stations, has claimed the fuel crisis is “easing”.
Executive director Gordon Balmer said: “There are encouraging signs that the crisis at the pumps is easing, with forecourts reporting that they are taking further deliveries of fuel.
“Only 27% of PRA members have reported being out of fuel today, and with regular restocks taking place, we are expecting to see the easing to continue over the next 24 hours.”
Addressing videos and images that have emerged of violence at petrol stations, he said: “We are extremely disappointed to hear many forecourt staff are experiencing a high level of both verbal and physical abuse, which is completely unacceptable.
“Forecourts are trying their best to manage queues and ensure there is plenty of fuel to go around.
“We would urge the public to remember that fuel stocks remain normal at refineries and terminals, and deliveries have been reduced solely due to the shortage of HGV drivers.”