The leader of South Gloucestershire Council has said he is “not enormously worried” about the fuel crisis, and blamed the media for causing the panic-buying which has led to shortages at the pumps.
Panic buying has seen many petrol stations struggling to maintain supply, after a shortage of lorry drivers hit the ability of fuel tankers to deliver petrol to station forecourts.
The panic buying shows no sign of ending, retailers have warned, as filling stations in many parts of the country continue to run dry.
Asked by broadcaster John Darvall whether the council was worried about the impact of the crisis on its services, Cllr Savage said: “In terms of the fuel delivery situation, not enormously worried because what’s very clear is that there is the supply in the country for petrol but what is happening is that people are changing their normal buying habits.
“We’ve got people who don’t need to be filling up going to fill up because they’re panicking.
“I’m blaming large sections of the media for whipping up what I think has been irresponsible claims and facts.
“I think that people have seen images of some petrol stations where there have been shortages of fuel, and then people have automatically thought that that applies across the board to every petrol station, and then that in turn has encouraged so many people to go and panic buy.
“So I think there are sections of the media who have got a lot to answer for.”
There is a shortage of drivers for fuel tankers, with 300 vacancies in a workforce of 3,500 at the moment.
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