MOTORISTS are currently being affected by a diesel shortage in parts of the UK.
These fuel shortages have been caused by a number of different factors. Here's everything you need to know.
Is there a diesel shortage?
Climate activism groups Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion have joined forces to block key terminals across the country.
This is in order to protest the environmental impact of oil and gas.
The two groups aims to disrupt fuel supplies to London and the South East of England and have threatened they will continue to do so until the Government agrees to their demands.
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Diesel stocks are tighter due to sanctions placed on Russia because of their invasion of Ukraine in addition to refinery shutdowns during the start of the pandemic.
However, despite the time-consuming protests, people have been discouraged from panic buying.
Motorists can still fill up when and where they need to and the issue should be resolved when the activists are stopped.
When did the shortage start?
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Protests at oil terminals started on Friday April 1 and have lasted five days so far.
London, Southampton, Oxford and Birmingham were some of the sites to be affected.
Protests continued over the weekend when a site in Erdington was blockaded by environmental campaigners.
Following this, more action took place at Tamworth and across the UK.
The blockades meant petrol and diesel meant for forecourts either didn't make it or was delayed, causing the ongoing diesel shortage at the pumps.
How to check for diesel at petrol stations near me
An easy trick to find a petrol station with a good supply near you is a quick Google search.
Using Google Maps makes it easier than ever to find a nearby station and by clicking on them you can even see how busy they are in live time.
A station that shows a large bar means there is likely to be fuel in stock whereas a station with a small bar is less busy than usual and therefore probably out of fuel.
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Using confused.com’s online checker, you can find the most affordable diesel in your area.
The site allows you to select the type of fuel you need and after entering your postcode it will tell you the cheapest stations nearby.
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