Fuel fears hit Advertiser and Review region

The Shell petrol station in Bicester closed.'120329M-D326

The Shell petrol station in Bicester closed.'120329M-D326

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A PETROL station in Bicester reportedly sold out of fuel this morning as motorists flocked to fill their tanks ahead of a proposed strike by tanker drivers.

The Shell station in London Road was closed at 11am following reports it had exhausted its reserves.

Tesco petrol station,Buckingham.'120329M-E327

Tesco petrol station,Buckingham.'120329M-E327

The Tesco filling station in Buckingham also had queues for pumps this morning, although no fuel shortages were reported.

Ministers are urging members of the public to stay calm after the Unite union threatened to strike over tanker drivers’ working conditions.

Yesterday, Unite said it welcomed the prospect of talks to resolve the dispute.

Unite spokesman Diana Holland said: “We welcome the prospect of exploratory talks and await a formal invitation from Acas.

“Unite has said all along that we want a negotiated settlement through meaningful talks.

Our focus is in finding a settlement that halts the race to the bottom in an increasingly fragmented industry. The minimum standards we are seeking are no different from those covering other parts of the oil industry.”

Sales of fuel are said to have risen significantly after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude advised motorists to keep their tanks topped up in readiness for any strike action.