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Buy fuel as normal where possible, AFP advises fleets

Date: 27 September 2021   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Fleets should follow normal fuel buying patterns as much as possible amid the current situation, according to the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP).

Widely-reported supply concerns led to queues developing at petrol stations over the weekend, but AFP chair Paul Hollick said fleets should keep calm.

He said: "It's understandable fleets and drivers will worry about the reports that are being seen in the media, and also by the more close-to-home signs of queuing at some service stations, but our advice is very much not to panic. 

"If you don't need fuel immediately and join those queues, you will probably only make the situation worse because there is enough petrol and diesel, just a problem with distribution that should hopefully be largely resolved within a matter of days. 

"We don't want to see a return to 2001 when panic buying was as much an issue as the fuel shortages themselves. As much as possible, everyone should just follow normal fuel buying patterns."