Petrol stations are removing the £30 limit on fuel – more than a week after being forced to set spending caps to stop drivers panic buying.
EG Group, which runs about 400 petrol stations in partnership with Esso, BP and Shell, said it has ditched the spending limit after seeing a “significant improvement in fuel availability” in its sites.
The £30 cap on fuel had been introduced by EG Group on September 24 to stop drivers hoarding petrol.
It comes after forecourts across the country had been left gridlocked and emptied of fuel, with some motorists seen filling up water bottles as part of desperate attempts to keep their cars filled.
The fuel crisis is being blamed on drivers filling up with more fuel than what they need, amid fears that petrol and diesel might run out because of lorry driver shortages.
Drivers are being urged not to panic buy by petrol groups and the Government, who say there is enough fuel to go around.
An EG Group spokesperson said: “Following a significant improvement in fuel availability at our sites, with customer purchasing behaviour returning to normal levels in the majority of locations, we are pleased to confirm that we can now remove the £30 cap on buying fuel.
“That said, we still continue to experience some challenges, primarily in our locations in the south and the south east, but following the actions from the government to secure additional drivers from the military this week, we expect availability issues easing in the coming days.”
The update from EG Group comes after hundreds of Army servicemen and women were drafted in to start delivering petrol to forecourts this week.
Around 200 military personnel – including 100 HGV drivers – have been mobilised as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Operation Escalin to provide “temporary” support to ease pressure on stations.
The Government has said the fuel crisis is improving but some parts of the country are still seeing issues at petrol stations.
The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said fuel levels were back to normal in Scotland, the North and the Midlands, but more than one-in-five filling stations in London and the South East were out of petrol.
Boris Johnson has announced a three-month visa scheme that lets foreign lorry drivers work in the UK in the three months up to Christmas to help ease the crisis.
The price of petrol was also confirmed to have shot up, rising to its highest level in eight years today. Petrol now costs 136.1p a litre.
Average petrol prices rose 0.91p a litre in a week from 135.19p last week to 136.1p today, and diesel 1.7p from 137.9p to 139.2p, according to government figures.
It’s the highest level for petrol since it cost 136.9p in September 2013, and for diesel since it was 139.15p in October of the same year.