The police have appealed to the drivers to stop calling them about the queues at petrol stations as the shortage continues.
Some forces have begun creating contingency plans to refuel vehicles, but national leaders say the crime has yet to impact its ability to respond.
Essex Police said it had received more than 100 calls since Friday about overcrowding around petrol stations, most of them over traffic concerns.
“We know it’s frustrating, but unless there’s a collision or a crime, being stuck in traffic is no reason to call us out,” a spokesperson said.
“We will also urge people not to misbehave with employees at petrol stations.”
Lincolnshire Police said its control room had received calls asking for “a list of petrol stations in the county” that it currently has supplies remaining – which it does not have.
A spokesperson said: “We believe some people are buying more fuel than they actually need. As a result some retail fuel outlets are unable to restock sufficiently enough to meet demand. We are asking people to buy only fuel that they need instead of stocking them up, and to be sensible at petrol stations to avoid any queues that may be a hindrance to the roads.”
Humberside Police said there was no shortage of fuel in the area, but “concerns spread in the media” had caused panic and overcrowding.
Several other regional forces reported receiving calls about long queues at petrol stations, and urged people not to report traffic jams unless they were at risk of harming pedestrians or other road users. Lift.
No major disturbances have been reported at petrol stations so far, despite some fights and scuffles, but there is growing concern over a possible increase in fuel theft.
Granthshala Understands that individual police forces are responding to issues and the National Council of Chiefs of Police (NPCC) is not yet coordinating any operations or logistics for police vehicles.
The Metropolitan Police said it has a “dedicated fuel supply that remains strong” and had no problems supplying vehicles with fuel.
“Across London, police officers continue to respond to emergencies as normal,” a spokesman said.
“Similarly, the weather continues to monitor concerns over fuel supplies to fill stations across London. At this time, there have been no reports of serious incidents or issues of congestion. Officers are highly visible in communities, to people. keep safe and respond to crime.”
West Midlands Police, one of Britain’s largest forces, said its fleet of vehicles was on the road normally at this time.
But a spokesman said: “We are due to meet with partners later today to discuss the future situation and any contingency plans.
“Officers are not being dispatched to petrol stations to help coordinate the queues – but we will respond to any calls of disorder as part of normal business.”
Surrey Police said it was working with other officers at the local Resilience Forum and has “pre-planned plans to assist with refueling operational vehicles”.
The local shortage was having an impact on other parts of the criminal justice system, as some lawyers struggled to access courts for hearings.
The increasing use of virtual hearing systems since the start of the coronavirus pandemic has meant that most proceedings can be attended by video-link with a judge’s permission.
A spokesman for the Law Society of England and Wales said: “It will be for the judge to decide in each individual case whether he will allow someone to appear remotely.
“There is no automatic authority to do so, nor can HM Court and Tribunal Service issue a direction requiring it, but we hope that the judges will understand the difficulty resulting from the lack of our members and other court professionals and users.” ..”
Ministers issued a new appeal to motorists to stop “panic shopping” as Boris Johnson backtracked on Monday from plans to deploy troops to reach the fuel supply forecourt.
Downing Street said the government was monitoring the situation on a daily basis, but there are currently no plans to use the military to haul fuel tankers.
However, the queues showed no signs of abating, while doctors’ groups warned that some medical workers were struggling to go to work as they could not fill their cars.
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