Are you worried by the plans for refinery blockades? Have you been buying extra petrol?
Read a selection of your earlier comments below.
The following comments reflect the balance of opinion received so far:
If I had an alternative fuel for my car I would use it. We have no choice and that is why Mr Brown can maintain disproportionately high taxes on fuel. It's a finite resource so this is a glimpse of what is to come. I want to see investment into cleaner, sustainable fuels.
Paddy, Coventry, England
Mr Brown may well ask oil producers to help, but the government gets more revenue from VAT every time petrol rises, so the least he can do is forego that additional money to keep the tax take no worse than it is. Everything that happens to this chancellor seems to be someone else's problem!
Brian Barbour, Edinburgh
I doubt very much whether anyone would have 'panic-bought' if the press, TV and radio commentators had not urged them not to! It made people more aware of possible shortages. In this instance, less news would have been better.
V Bentley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Virtually everything on the Isle of Man is more expensive than the UK, and petrol is no exception. For example, a petrol station in Douglas will sell at £1/litre and another station 3 miles down the road will sell at £1.01/litre. 10 miles further it's £1.03/litre. Fluctuations? Oh yes! But what I think the Governments of the developed world need to be doing is encouraging more car manufacturers to develop the electric and/or hybrid car. Toyota and Honda are two I know of and theirs are around the £20k mark. The world needs to realise oil will run out and we can't use petrol/diesel forever. Electric/hybrid cars need to be more affordable, now. Perhaps some bright spark could come up with a conversion service to replace a oil-fuel engine with an electric one, and keep the same chassis. At least that would utilise all this potentially scrap metal we have on our roads.
Fiona, Isle of Man
I cannot get fuel anywhere and the car is on the red, can all those with almost full cars trying to get fuel, get to the back of the queue!
Jillian Page, Kirkcaldy, Fife
Get used to fuel being expensive - it's a limited resource and prices will only get higher! Petrol prices should be higher not lower than they are - to discourage people from polluting the planet.
RB, Oxford, UK
I usually cycle to work and don't use the car much. However, this coming weekend I need to make a long trip so have had to make sure that I have a full tank and some cans just in case. I can't understand the logic of the fuel protesters - what justification do they have for stopping ordinary people like myself getting on with their lives? There are lots of things about life in this country that annoy me, but I don't decide to go and block a farm entrance or haulage depot every time I am cross about something.
How about the oil consuming nations make an effort to reduce the consumption? Adopt policies that encourage the use of public transportation. How about free parking for commuters near subway stations as a start?
Ajish Thamarathu Pothen, New York, USA
The facts are the vast majority of the price you pay is fuel tax and VAT. Gordon Brown seems to imagine that everyone has huge disposable incomes like his and they can put up with higher prices. The fact is people will have to make economies elsewhere to make up these price rises which will hit retails sales, food etc, in fact all areas of the economy. By choosing to blame 'outsiders' without recognising the part the government plays in high fuel prices Mr Brown yet again shows his contempt for the ordinary people.
Chris Bowser, High Wycombe, UK
Have the people of this country forgotten that we have our own oil fields off the north coast of Scotland and that we are an oil producing nation. So all this about Hurricane Katrina pushing the price up is a nonsense. How we have allowed ourselves to be robbed blind for so long is ridiculous. If we produce our own oil, why do we have to pay more for it than non oil producing nations?
I support the protestors 100%. For journeys less than a mile or so I walk and for local journeys I use the bus (living in London I have that luxury available). What cannot be disputed is that people have a right to move about and, outside of major cities, public transport is so infrequent as to be laughable. Until alternatives are available (electric, LPG widely available etc) people will need to use petrol and diesel. Taxing these commodities into oblivion without providing an alternative is tantamount to denial of the right to freedom of movement.
I ran out of petrol today. Due to the stupid panic buying going on, most garages have run out of petrol 2 days ago and due to the restrictions that have been placed on people I was not allowed to fill up a legal container. I had to argue with the garage for 5 minutes until I was eventually allowed to take £4 worth of petrol. I was not trying to build up a stock, just simply to get my car to the nearest garage. The country has gone mad.
Chris, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
I just rode home from work on my motorcycle. The roads are like an oil slick. Why? Because people keep insisting on filling their tanks to the absolute limit... and then it spills out as they go around corners.
John, Southampton, UK
I believe in the right to take action in support of a cause but where were these fuel protestors when the trade unionists were seeking to save public transport from privatisation and to retain investment in the production of rolling stock in places like York?
Keith Stokeld, Durham
What is bizarre is the extent to which the car has moved from being perceived as a luxury to a necessity. I don't doubt that if you live in the countryside you have to rely on your own transport - it was almost ever thus and is the price to be paid for living in the country. For everybody else, perhaps if people started to think about attempting every journey under 3 miles by foot, bike or public transport then you would have the opportunity to cut your fuel bill, get healthier and improve your local environment.
Julian Titmuss, Fareham, UK
I had hoped that the possibility of a petrol strike may have lead to the parents making their children walk to school, rather than clogging up the roads with their MPVs. No such luck. The roads were as busy as they always are during the school terms.
Claire Wooton, Oxford, UK
Why is government taxation being criticised when it is the oil companies that are increasing prices? Taxes are collected for a good reason. Obscene oil company profits only benefit a few greedy people, who will be laughing now everyone is buying as much petrol as they can carry. Want to change things? Stop buying petrol. Watch the price come down. Stop complaining about paying taxes and tell the government to hurry up and spend the money on alternative transport.
JW, Cambridge, UK
All those people who are asking the oil companies to drop their profits - I didn't hear any of you offering help when prices dropped to below $10/barrel in the late 1990's and thousands of my colleagues were losing their jobs - you can't have it both ways!
Doug McCrae, Aberdeen and Ankara, Turkey
Unfortunately we live in a very charitable country where the government seem more concerned about problems elsewhere in the world rather than on their own doorstep. Our PM should wake up and listen to us when we say we live in one of the highest taxed countries in Europe and think about helping us for a change instead to ripping us off.
Sean Brimlow, Wrexham
I filled up my car, certainly. In theory, it would be better if nobody bought extra petrol, but unless everyone does it at once, all that will happen is that those who show restraint will end up without fuel. I can't risk being without petrol. Even as it is, that full tank will only last a couple of days with the amount of driving I have to do. After my 100 mile journey this evening I will fill up again - and again at every opportunity until the risk is over. I just can't take the chance.
Christy, Newcastle, UK
This is to all those people that think walking and cycling are the best options to get to work. I live right on the coast, my nearest big town is 45 minutes away, my work is over 30 mins. We have no bus route and if I were to walk I think I'd end up taking all day to get there. It's just not an option - I need my car. I say bring on the fuel blockades.
Vicky, Kingsbridge, Devon
Having driven around my town seeing nothing but barricaded petrol stations with no fuel signs, I do find this a huge inconvenient. However, this is only yet another sign of what a poor state our country is in. Everything costs 3 times more than a lot of other places. The government are failing the people by such high taxes that drive prices up even higher. They claim to understand the difficulties and problems, but it's obvious they do not. I salute the protesters, I'm glad that some people have the guts to stand up and protest. We all should protest a lot more about things that we aren't happy about so the authorities realise what a poor job they are doing.
Gordon, Watford, UK
People these days are much too reliant on their cars. I own a car and only use it for essential journeys, not to go 1/2-1 mile up the road to drop the kids off or to get a pint of milk. In the build up to these protests people are still using their cars just as much instead of using other alternatives. They just have to make the effort. Catch a bus or walk the kids to school. It's not that hard! It is a concern but there is not a great deal we can do about it.
Sarah, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
All motorists should support these protests, after all, they'll be the ones who benefit if the current level of taxation on fuel does drop. If they want cheaper prices they should stand up and be counted, not whinge about how their local petrol station has run dry. If it's too far to the supermarket, try walking to the local shop - it probably won't kill any of you to use your legs and feet for what they were intended for.
P. Raisey, Maidenhead, UK
Thanks to the unequivocal legislative support that the Swedish government has provided, Sweden is proof positive that a nationwide bio ethanol for transport infrastructure can be put quickly and effectively in place. Now it is time for the UK government to show equal levels of commitment in its steps to meet European-wide ethanol targets.
Gary Axon, Saab, UK
I would love to be able to get public transport to work. I really don't want to drive 30 miles first thing in the morning and then another 30 miles back after a day's work. But using public transport would at best triple the amount of time I spend travelling per day. I have no spare cash to move house or change my vehicle to something more fuel-efficient so what would you have me do?
Rich, Oxford, UK
Gordon Brown calls for 500,000 extra barrels a day to stem the price of oil, let's face it - motorists are taxed to the hilt and there is no cushion factor for an event like this. This government has had it too good too long and motorists have long been ignored. Public transport is a disgrace, that's why people use cars. If he seeks a greener alternative, he's eyeing what he can take on that and not what's good for us.
Dan Bissett, Tunbridge Wells
The petrol stations around Ashford all have huge queues, and apparently people are now panic buying food! Please will everyone calm down and stop being so selfish, all of this panic is unnecessary.
Aly, Ashford, Kent
Panic-buying is already full steam ahead, garages have ran out of unleaded and diesel, half hour left of leaded.
Mark Eccles, Coleshill, Birmingham
As per usual this government has avoided the issue. Gordon Brown's speech today blamed others for the fact that petrol prices in this country are higher than anywhere in the world. I understand that we are a small island with a below average population for size, however increasing taxation on all consumables cannot be the only way to provide revenue.
Stu, West Midlands
These protesters should realise that they are purchasing a commodity that is subject to market fluctuations. Blocking a fuel depot in the UK because of a hurricane in the Southern USA helps nobody. Granted, Gordon Brown could reduce duty - but his revenue will have to come from somewhere.
Nick, Uttoxeter, UK
Apparently, "fuel prices needed to be kept high to drive changes in consumer behaviour". Well, it's certainly changed my consumer behaviour. With no public transport available between my house and my work, the more petrol prices increase, the less I'll be spending on food and other essentials. Fantastic!
Storm, Malvern, Worcestershire, UK
If government wants to change the 'consumer behaviour' they can't do this only by imposing more tax and duties. They should think of providing 'efficient' public transport system. What has government done in this area?
All these comments from our government and environmentalists drive me up the wall. This country is doing plenty to try and be green yet America still has amazingly cheap fuel as do the oil rich countries. In the wake of the hurricane I bet America's fuel prices are still relatively cheap! Taxation is too heavy, the government need to realise. If people could drive environmentally friendly cars they would. I only use my car when I need to but public transport is still too expensive and unreliable. The government need to wake up. 3/4 of what we pay at the pumps is tax- it's disgusting!
Barry, Bristol, England
Just like to say thank you to all those people who believe the hype and bought unnecessary amounts of petrol. In case you can't tell I'm being sarcastic. Thanks to people who just don't think and panic soon as they hear about blockades I could not get any petrol as all my local petrol station were even busy or had ran out. This would not bother me normally but I had to take my father to hospital which was quite important to me and was 20 miles away. So thank you to all those people who didn't have anything better to do with their day, I almost didn't get my father to hospital.
Yvette, Bristol. England
I've filled up my car but only in case of a family emergency because we live in the middle of nowhere without a bus for miles. Let's stop worrying about the petrol 'crisis' and look at its causes - the Iraq war.
With no alternative fuel most people have to put their life on hold or panic buy. The government is using this windfall to restock its hole in the accounts and has us over a barrel - excuse the pun.
Craig Allen, Gloucestershire
I'm amazed by the attitude of some people in this forum! You do not have a human right to low fuel costs, despite what GWB might say. The oil price is high because it is a finite resource and it's running out. Get over it and wake up to the fact that it is morally and intellectually wrong to drive a 4x4 quasi-assault vehicle half a mile to drop your children off for school.
Ben, Derby, UK
This panic buying is playing into the hands of the fuel protesters as there will be shortages around the country if this level of buying is continued, if people acted rationally there would be no problem as any reported fuel protest is only expected to last 3 days.
Richard Williams, Bradford, UK
As I am going to Wales for the weekend to watch the rally championships, I have been trying to fill the car up as much as possible. I just hope I can get petrol down there, otherwise I won't be getting back in a hurry!
Russ, Sheffield, UK
When I purchased my petrol on Monday as I always do, the car in front of me filled up the tank with £10 and then proceeded to fill five cans which he had in his boot. I don't think this sort of behaviour should be allowed, it is not necessary and potentially dangerous
Withheld, Ipswich Suffolk
People aren't just panic buying petrol; they're panic buying food too! What is wrong with this country?! Its ridiculous and it shows how much we have become dependant on our own vehicles. If we saw a visibly better public transport system, people may be persuaded to use it and leave their cars at home. The government keeps promising better public transport but we don't see any improvements
Kate Halsall, Leeds, UK
I knew nothing about it as I was ill in bed all day Sunday and yesterday as I went to fill as I normally do on a Monday after work, I could not believe what I was seeing, my first thoughts were that there must have been an accident. Upon buying the newspaper, I realised why people were queuing and I desperately needed petrol so I left it till 8.30pm to fill up. Admittedly I did put more than normal due to the forthcoming events this week. We do automatically "panic buy" when we are told not to! It's just the way the British public are! Mention "panic" and we do! My tank will last me 2 weeks or more now, so I'm happy. I only put in more because I can not stand queues! If we were told today to "not panic buy over milk" there would automatically be queues at the supermarkets for milk!
Sharon, Hertfordshire, England
How can you set a minimum fuel purchase, I have a small engine car and I put a tenner in a week. Whose going to force me to fill her up - I simply don't have that sort of money to burn!
Paul Doherty, United Kingdom
After reading reports of "no panic buying taking place" I went along to my local petrol station last night. I car pool with colleagues, I was empty and it was my turn to drive. I was met with total bedlam! I queued for almost 30mins several pumps were completely empty and people were arguing with security guards because the pumps had emptied mid-filling and they were refusing to queue at another pump! At least I only paid 92.9p/ltr!
Gary Lake, Bristol
I work for the NHS and to put it bluntly, I find the proposed fuel protests abhorrent. Everyone's out for themselves. I agree, fuel costs are too high, but I do not agree with holding the country to ransom and the subsequent problems the country will face. I do hope the irresponsible act of the minority will not affect the ability of the majority to receive medical care.
On the way home from work last night in Manchester with an almost empty tank I passed three garages which had long queues. Eventually I had no choice but to join one and was there for 25 minutes. It was the same story on the way into work this morning! Plenty of panic buying going on in Manchester that's for sure.
Mike Barratt, England
I've put extra air in my bicycle tyres just in case.
Paul Doherty, United Kingdom
I'm not a lorry driver but fully support the protests. We should stand up against these increases and just put up with the inconvenience.
Jason Campbell, Enfield, London
Can't people see that by panic-buying and stock piling they themselves are causing a shortage? If we were sensible, just brought as much fuel as normal then things would be ok. There are queues at all the forecourts here, I have given up, staying at home.
Glorianna, Lichfield Staffs
I have been struggling all week to get petrol as my car is now running around on the red. My daughter starts university this coming Friday in Liverpool. I promised to take her down with her belongings but due to panic buying, all the stations in my area have hour long waits and keep running out. If worst comes to worst, we'll have to hire a van - hopefully with a full tank of petrol!
Katrina Evans, Ulverston, Cumbria
I caught a taxi this morning as the final short leg of a train journey on business. The driver complained about the price of fuel while driving his diesel cab along at 50 mph in fourth gear! It appears people have no idea how to save fuel. High prices may finally get them to think about it.
Noam Bleicher, Oxford
There were huge queues outside petrol stations in Birmingham yesterday even at midnight, its madness. I unwittingly filled up a few days ago and a full tank will last me a month but in the unlikely scenario there is no petrol after that I can ride my bike to the station instead of driving - maybe it would be a good thing !
Yes, if I don't take may children to school the government will prosecute, they will not lower the taxes because Mr Brown wants to take the opportunity to rake in the tax to dig himself out of the hole he made for himself. Bearing in mind the new licensing laws it is perfectly obvious yet again the Labour wants to survive at the expense of the people.
Robert Bahrani, London, UK
No. If there's no fuel, then I'll work from home. I work for an IT company, have access to everything I need on line and maybe this protest will convince my chief exec that working from home is rational, economical, environmentally sound and not the skivver's charter he sees to think it is.
Whilst trying not to panic buy, it is very hard as you pass queues of cars spilling out of petrol stations. We have to get to work and we have to get the kids to school - what else are we to do?
Jan Hawins, Macclesfield, UK
I think its stupid the amount of people 'Panic Buying'. I've driven past a few garages where there are queues holding all the traffic up. Granted, I filled my tank right up yesterday, but I was close to empty and these 'Panic Buyers' are running the pumps dry - which is causing those who really need the fuel unable to get any. If I had left it maybe just one more day, I probably wouldn't be able to fuel my car as more and more garages are prematurely running dry. I've certainly not 'stocked up' with jerry cans but I felt that I should fill my tank right up as I do not want to be queuing for fuel behind those who are still 'nearly full' or those who are just greedy and 'stocking up'. I just wish that people would have more sense than this - garages will still get their fuel this week! Message to 'Panic Buyers' - It is now your fault that the pumps are running dry - not the fault of anyone else, not 'Katrina', not the Protestors, not the government - It is you!
Cat, Sandbach, Cheshire
The government has issued a statement saying there is no need to panic buy. Since it is unlikely they would ever say "do panic buy and stock up" the statement is meaningless. The fact that they feel the need to issue a statement signals that there is a problem.
As a limited resource I don't believe we respect oil as much as we should. I am in favour of private users of oil paying more but business users (truckers, trades people, couriers etc) paying less. I see my neighbours drive less than a third of a mile to the local shops. It's unacceptable, irresponsible and selfish. It's not the fault of the government. Its the fault of the people.
Magnus Price, Windsor, Berkshire
If everyone dropped their speed by 10 mph on the motorway, they would see a significant drop in their petrol consumption. I started doing this a while back and the difference is amazing. I drive 40 miles to work every day, I leave 10 minutes earlier than I used to and I now save about £18 per week on fuel costs. It would also help if the idiots in the 4 x 4's and other huge "gas guzzlers" bought sensible cars but I don't suppose that'll happen while there are egos to be massaged.
Brian, Paisley, Scotland
I have to drive in my job - clocking up hundreds of miles a week. If I don't have petrol I don't work. I have no problem admitting I have filled up both mine and my partner's cars plus a couple jerry cans of petrol in the garage (about an extra 40L).
Sam, Worcester, UK
When will Mr Brown take responsibility and stop blaming other people, if you start a war with an oil producing country you should know price of oil will go up. As for his comments regarding a global problem he clearly hasn't a clue. I say block the roads up, for a week if necessary.
Fuel is so expensive now, so buying £30 worth will last as much as £20 and so we run out more quickly therefore overcrowding the stations causing chaos.
Mr Smith, Ealing, London
Massive queues at local service stations. One of them had a tanker there, and the tanker driver had told the service station guy that he would be on strike. The service station guy told me that they would be empty by the morning.
Daniel, St Albans
I am appalled at the actions of hundreds of motorists, who caused traffic congestion on hundreds of roads, wasted gallons of petrol just sitting in queues, Just shows what a selfish self-centred society we now live in. And all this because there may be a few protests later in the week. Come on people let's get sensible.
Graham Roberts, Warrington, England
They may be urging us not to panic buy but it is very difficult when there are only two petrol stations open in the entire town. I thought they would have learnt after the last strike, but obviously not. We went through complete chaos for nothing, yeah, thanks for that. And the stupid thing is, this is going to be exactly the same.
Tina , Bishop's Stortford
Panic buying is happening here. I saw all the parents filling up their cars this morning to take their children to school, despite the fact many live in the village. That said public transport for people like me who work in town is sub-par, and a car is the only option. The government need to subsidise the costs of LPG conversions and get people off petrol if they really care.
The public are panicking. Petroleum companies put prices up. Media hype stories about protests. Petrol companies make more profit. More people queue. Prices go even higher. We have played into their hands big style. However one day the amount of dead dinosaurs left to turn into petrol. India and China are now demanding more oil than ever before. We don't have long left to find an alternative.
Steve Tonge, Wirral
It isn't the cost of oil that people should be complaining about. It's the huge amount of tax on fuel that is the issue. The government are fleecing us left, right and centre and we take it day in, day out. When people do make a stand everyone moans about how inconvenienced they are. Typical British reaction. For the greater good let's all protest.
M Stacy, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
I just cycled home from Piccadilly to north London and saw queues at many petrol stations along the way.
Mark Kobayashi-Hillary, London, UK
While it will be ordinary motorists who suffer in the short term, eventually it is those people who will benefit the most from any blockade. The present price of fuel is unacceptable: if there is any way it can be changed by the direct action of the people, it must be.
Richard Murray, London
I'd be happy with high prices if a large proportion of that tax went to support for alternative fuel for the roads. The technologies are there - they just need developing and an infrastructure built up to deliver it. So let's stop wasting our money on foreign oil and take a new route, and perhaps even build a new car industry in this country based on alternative fuels.
The simple economics of the situation seem to elude most - high demand, high prices. As a society we are demanding too much. If teachers think driving is their only option, then we've all got to re-evaluate our lives. We're just letting car use dominate our lifestyles.
Here's a novel thought, how's about the oil companies cutting their profit margins? That'd bring the price down a bit.
Richard, Plymouth UK
I do not want the hauliers speaking for me. I vote at elections and all this is for the hauliers benefit, not people like me. I get fed up with some people trying to hold the country to ransom for their own ends.
P Hutchinson, Norfolk
I have no sympathy at all with the road haulage industry. If they can't afford the petrol get out of the business. Maybe that will free up some road space and encourage companies to use the rail network instead.
To Tim in Wolverton. 1) Many hauliers have to tender for business on an annual basis and quote a rate per mile which is valid for a whole year. If fuel goes up through the roof during that period it actually will make a lot of them go bust. 2) Ref sending stuff by rail, imagine how many extra marshalling yards would need to be built to cope with all the goods currently sent by road, and the heavy congestion there would be around those depots. Would you want one next to your home?
People in the Grimsby area have definitely been panic buying. Today there is a massive queue in a major road in the town, and last Thursday or Friday when it was announced first there were fairly large queues just out of town. My dad's garage has not had the delivery it expected today so he's totally run out already. I have to drive to London on Thursday - if I get there I wonder if I'll get back?
Charlotte, Grimsby, England
While I strongly agree that petrol is way too expensive and the government tax is extortionate I also think that petrol blockades cause more misery for ordinary people than they do for the Oil Companies or the Government. I am a small business person, trading at fairs around the country and using my van to transport my stock. If I am unable to buy sufficient petrol for my journey I can't trade - therefore I lose money, which I really can't afford to do. I accept that the oil companies and the government also lose money but they can afford it! I have seen garages in East London today with far longer queues than usual. The woman in the queue in front of me put just £4.00 worth of petrol in her 1.8L car. I plead to the blockaders and the panic buyers to remember the small businesses who don't have huge funds and need to keep trading to stay afloat. For many people a petrol crisis is an inconvenience, for some of us it's a disaster!
Judi Reid, London, UK!
It's happening here people pulling up at the pumps and filling right up. I've just seen one woman who added £3.56 to her tank! Nothing will come of this protest, oil will always go up you can't stop that. If you can't afford a dish washer, wash by hand. If you can't afford the petrol, walk!
Barry, Mablethorpe, Lincs, UK
Whoever says panic buying isn't taking place is talking rubbish, here in Malvern there have been queues at petrol stations all morning. The town had run out of diesel by lunchtime. The situation is ridiculous.
Andrea Masterman, Malvern, Worcs
I can't wait for another fuel blockade, the roads were empty except for cyclists, people were less stressed, happier and maybe a bit healthier for it. Roll on prolonged protests!
Tim Elias, Neath
Not yet, but I am planning on filling up tomorrow, just in case. As a teacher, public transport is neither practical nor convenient and driving is my only real option. I can't afford to miss lessons so I'll be filling up earlier than usual. Just in case.
Kate, Manchester, UK
Have ensured that both mine and my wife's car is full, and made a special trip out to fill up my bike too, just in case. Given the immorally high rate of fuel duty, the least that the government can do is to use it as a buffer to shield us and the economy from these peaks.
Paul Sealey, Cannock, England
I am a 63-year-old very disabled lady who with out a car would not be able to go any where I have a blue badge and rely on petrol it's OK for them to hold a blockade but what about people like me.
Grace Quinn, Milton Keynes, England
There has certainly been panic buying here (North Kent) all day, and my colleague in Manchester says it the same up there. So I don't know where these "no signs of panic" stories come from. I filled up this morning because my tank was just under 1/4 full. But that will last me about 10 days, and with a bit of effort, probably nearer 14.
Simon Moore, Dartford, UK
Early this morning, I drove past my local Asda petrol station and found 4 queues each with no less than 10 cars in each. When I drove past 4 hours later, there were signs advising drivers that there was no more unleaded available. A few miles down the road, I stopped at a local Shell garage to find even more people waiting to fill up their tanks. I waited 20 minutes to fill my tank from empty and when I went to pay I saw the local newspaper on sale and the headline was "Petrol Fears Spark Panic" No wonder people are getting worried - the media all around are making a big song and dance about something that may not even happen. Still, I think that introducing a minimum purchase at garages to stop those with nearly-full tanks from filling up might alleviate the situation somewhat. I certainly do not believe that rationing petrol will be a good idea as that will simply induce further panic amongst motorists. I also think that the chancellor should check his figures more closely and perhaps lower the tax burden, albeit temporarily, to ease the stress of being caught in a "possible" fuel shortage.
Ed Marshall, Telford, UK
If you don't really need your car for some trips, why not walk or bike there? Only use the car for essential purposes. I think that we have all become a bit too reliant upon the ease and convenience of having a car.