A petrol station charging almost double the average price for fuel has sold out as shortage continues to cause chaos for motorists.
The Cloisters Gulf petrol station in Sloane Avenue, Chelsea is selling the fuel for £2.68 a litre.
Images posted on social media showed a customer being charged £164.97 for just over 61 liters of fuel. Kazem Nava, a car park manager at the station, told daily Mirror Fuel ran out on Friday and the company was hoping to get fuel again on Monday.
According to the RAC Foundation, the average price of unleaded petrol in the UK on 30 September was £1.36 and £1.48 for super unleaded fuel.
Brian Maderson, president of the Petrol Retailers Association, said world oil prices meant motorists should expect higher prices at the pumps – even if the current shortages are low.
“Expect anything from a hike of 1, 2 or 3 paise per liter at the pump,” he told BBC Radio 4 Today. “It is not profiteering. This is the actual wholesale price increase due to global factors.”
Meanwhile, military drivers will be deployed to deliver fuel to the forecourt from Monday to deal with the crisis. About 200 military personnel, including 100 drivers, are training at hauler sites and will begin deliveries at petrol stations to help ease the situation.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the fuel situation in most parts of the country was “stable” and the army was being deployed as a “precaution”.
The government also announced that a temporary visa scheme for about 5,000 foreign food transport drivers, which was due to expire on December 24, would be extended to the end of February.
Mr Maderson said Shortaghy remains “a really big problem” in London and south-east England “and possibly parts of eastern England.”
“If anything had gone bad,” he said.
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