Petrol prices: Incredible chart exposes staggering extent of fuel crisis

The shortages have been particularly acute in London, the South East and the East of England.

The South East is struggling the most with fuel stock levels remaining below 20 percent.

Petrol stations in London and eastern England have slightly higher stocks at between 20 percent and 40 percent capacity.

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) has accused the Government of “inept prioritisation”, adding fuel supplies have been sent to “the wrong parts of the country”.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson said: “We do not know when the deliveries are arriving and we do not know how they are being prioritised.

“The return to normal fuel volumes continues to be blighted by the current inept prioritisation policy.”

The PRA said a survey it carried out found 12 percent of filling stations in London and the South East are still dry, while 17 percent have just one grade of fuel.

Outside the most deprived areas, 90 percent of forecourts had both grades compared with 71 percent in London and the South East.

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