Government accused over fuel fear

THE GOVERNMENT was accused of being “totally irresponsible” yesterday, after its response to the threatened strike by tanker drivers stoked a run on petrol supplies.

Although 2,000 truckers have voted to strike for better pay and conditions no dates for any action have yet been set and they must give seven days’ notice before any walkout.

But last night pumps across the country were running dry after motorists formed long queues to snap up fuel.

Brian Madderson of station retailer group RMI Petrol accused cabinet minister Francis Maude of encouraging the panic buying by suggesting that filling up a jerry can with fuel would be a “sensible precaution”.