An industry leader has claimed that those who post videos and pictures of tankers filling petrol pumps on social media are promoting purchases at the forecourt.
Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) president Brian Maderson said consumers were watching the footage and then running to the station to fill their cars, further depleting supplies.
His remarks come less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the military on standby to deal with the crisis, despite earlier assurances from the environment secretary, George Eustice, that there was “no plan” to call in troops. No”. .
Amid chaotic scenes at pumps across the country, drivers are ignoring ministers’ pleas to remain calm and buy in panic on Tuesday.
A video posted on social media shows a man pulling a knife at a fellow motorist at a London forecourt, while fights and fights have been reported at other stations.
Ms Maderson said retailers continue to report skyrocketing demand.
“Disappointingly I am getting messages from our retailers this morning that panic buying is on,” he told BBC Radio 4.
“One of the reasons is social media. As the tanker arrives at a filling station, people on social media are advising that a tanker has arrived and it is like bees.”
He continued: “Everyone flocks there and within a few hours he is out again.”
Britain is in the grip of a supply chain crisis that is affecting supermarket shelves and businesses as well as fuel supplies.
The country is facing a severe shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, estimated to be around 100,000.
The problem is a long-standing one that has been exacerbated by Brexit, the COVID pandemic and low wages.
Shortages mean that companies selling fuel are unable to quickly replenish their stocks to meet consumer demand. The government maintains that there is sufficient supply of petrol and diesel.
Over the weekend ministers announced a slew of measures – including granting temporary visas to 5,000 foreign workers as well as training new drivers in the UK – but industry data warned that this may not be enough to ease the crisis. Is.
In a separate intervention on Tuesday, Mike Granat, a former government official who founded the Civil Contingency Secretariat and worked on the 2000 petrol crisis, warned that panic buying could continue if consumer behavior did not change.
He said prioritizing specific workers would not work as he called on Mr Johnson to “hide” in order to show leadership.
He told Radio 4: “When we started prioritizing people [in 2000] We gave priority to about one third of the economy and it didn’t work even then.
“Hospitals found themselves short of staff not because their staff was not a priority, but because the school didn’t have teachers.”
Calling on Mr Johnson to act, he said it was only when former Prime Minister Tony Blair – in charge at the time of the 2000 crisis – “explained to people that until they slowed down [buying petrol] The system will never actually return to equilibrium”.
He continued: “It’s called leadership. One needs to stand up and say this to the people instead of hiding.”
Labor has blamed the government’s lack of planning for supply chain issues.
The shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, said he had written to his counterpart Grant Shapps in July asking for a plan to deal with the shortage.
He told Sky News: “We got little time from Grant Shapps, who wrote to us back in the first week of August saying, in his words, he would not use foreign labor to solve the issue.
“The government says it wants to train, and I’m in favor of training HGV drivers, but it hasn’t done so well enough.”
“It is the government which has perpetuated this situation due to chronic lack of planning and sheer inefficiency,” he said.
Mr Shapps previously said there are “temporary signs” that pressure on filling stations is beginning to ease.
In a clip to broadcasters, Mr Shapps said there was more petrol in filling stations, although he acknowledged that it would not have an immediate effect on queues for fuel.
“Now there are very tentative first signs of stabilization in forecourt storage that will not yet be reflected in the queues,” he said.
“But this is the first time that we have actually seen more petrol in petrol stations.
“As the industry said yesterday, the sooner we can all return to our normal shopping habits, the sooner things will return to normal.”
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