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UKPIA urges drivers to stick to their normal refuelling pattern

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30 March 2012

 

UKPIA, the trade association representing the main oil refining and marketing companies in the UK, urges drivers to stick to their normal refuelling pattern to avoid strain on the supply chain to filling stations and to help ensure everyone has a better chance of obtaining sufficient fuel for their immediate needs.

Chris Hunt, Director General of UKPIA, commented “The surge in demand we have experienced in recent days places an unnecessary strain on the fuel supply chain. The UNITE union representing tanker drivers has not yet given notice of strike action by members and furthermore is required to give 7 days’ notice of action. In the meantime the conciliation service ACAS is arranging talks next week between representatives of UNITE and the haulage companies involved.”

He continued “If drivers stick to their usual refuelling patterns and only purchase the amount of fuel they require for their immediate needs, then there is a better chance of ensuring sufficient supplies for everyone.”

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Enquiries to: Nick Vandervell, UKPIA Tel. 020 7269 7604

Notes to editors:
1. UKPIA represents nine oil refining and marketing companies that operate 7 of the 8 major oil refineries in the UK and source close to 90% of the transport fuels used. The UK refineries processed 73 million tonnes of crude oil and produced 75.4 million tonnes of refined products in 2010 (Source: DECC- DUKES data). UKPIA members also own around 1,900 of the 8,700 filling stations in the UK.

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