March 29th, 2012

It’s started already

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Fuck me, that didn’t take long.

Petrol chaos, started by the government this week, as roads across the country chog up with people trying to squeeze every last drop of petrol into anything they can carry. Punch-ups in the queues as people jump the queue and try to insert themselves into the smallest gap to get to the pumps before the country runs dry.


Even if the tanker drivers go on strike it’s not likely to be for a week at the very least. It seems to have gone over the heads of the greedy bastard petrol hoarders that all the petrol they have bought today, will have gone before the strike even starts.

Estimates suggest the government earned an additional £32million from the extra petrol sales yesterday

Was it back in 2000 when we had the blockades of the petrol refineries? Queues over a mile long, rationing at the pumps. Public order overtime just to patrol the queues.

* well there probably is now, you greedy selfish bastards.

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  1. Whinger says:

    Spectacular own goal from the Cretins in charge of this country.

    More bad press like this please!

    Just imagine if we were about to go on strike!

    March 30th, 2012 at 12:26

  2. Tony F says:

    And now some one managed to set fire to themselves whilst decanting petrol. In her kitchen…

    March 30th, 2012 at 14:00

  3. Ben says:

    What are you talking about?

    Spreading the panic buying over a few days is a GOOD idea, as it will mean less impact overall.

    1. gov. didn’t make anything extra. These are petrol sales brought forwards.

    2. Yes, stations are running out of fuel. That’s because idiots who let their cars run down to the red line have been reminded it’s a bad idea.

    3. everyone should have a jerry can of fuel at home for emergencies.

    March 30th, 2012 at 14:31

  4. Rufus says:


    Given that the union has already said that there would be a weeks notice before any strike there shouldn’t have needed to be any panic buying in the first place.

    1) The politicos have basically rushed around yelling “don’t panic, don’t panic” so much that it’s actually making people panic.

    2) As no strike dates have been set, by the time any strike actually happens everyone who has panic brimmed their tank will have let it recede back to whatever level it was at before and will promptly go an panic brim their tank again.

    3) Going by the BBC website a 20 litre jerry can isn’t actually legal for home storage (the maximum size is 10 litres for metal and 5 litres for plastic containers, and you can only store two of each).

    I brimmed my petrol tank on the way to work this morning (like I always do on a Friday – a tank will last 8 days at a push, so once a week is easier to do without thinking) and I was amazed at the number of people filling up cans.

    March 30th, 2012 at 15:47

  5. 200 says:


    what are YOU talking about.

    ‘Idiots’ who let their car run down to red would be buying petrol anyway, just like they do every week or two, as you can’t go many places on red.

    It’s the idiots who normally stick a few quid in their tank whenever that are now panic buying, filling their tanks and every can they can get hold of, these are the people causing the queues and shortages.

    March 30th, 2012 at 16:33

  6. Blueknight says:

    I topped my tank today on the basis that I need to use my own car for work next week.I have containers, but I am not going to fill them.
    I would have been happy to let the tank go down to red and then put my usual £50 in, but where is the guarantee that I would be able to do this? The garages have run out of diesel or have completely closed round my way….

    March 30th, 2012 at 18:15

  7. Ben says:

    @200, I am sorry for being a so inflammatory!

    I am really talkng about people who habitually run their car down to the red before filling up. Those are the people who get stuck in the middle of nowhere with no fuel, or miss appointments because they had to urgently divert for petrol.

    Surely it is better to fill up when the needle hits halfway. A habit like that can be very helpful when the unusual happens, whether that is a tanker strike, or just an unexpected journey.

    @rufus, The BBC Website is wrong. The limit is 30L within 6 metres of a building. (Or 275L further than 6 metres if stored in compliance with the regulations – that’s still only a tankful. You have to notifiy the Petroleum Licensing Authority if you exceed 30L, but no licence is required for 275L. Who needs to store that much? Think Highlands and Islands, moors etc.). There is no limit for workplaces.

    And that limit only applies to petrol. You can store as much diesel as you see fit.

    March 31st, 2012 at 09:14

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