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Tuesday, 12 September, 2000, 10:06 GMT 11:06 UK
In pictures: The fuel protests
Fuel protests have triggered shortages, panic buying and traffic chaos across the UK.

Truckers and taxi drivers have been staging protests at oil refineries and in city centres, while motorists queue to try to fill up their tanks before supplies run out.


Tankers marked for emergency service were allowed into the Stanlow refinery to collect fuel


A garage in Tooting, south London, where pumps have run dry


Blast from the past: A shot from London during the 1973 fuel crisis when some motorists were given petrol coupons



Farmers read about the action they have helped to create at the Stanlow refinery

Eddie Stobart lorry and drivers on picket line at Avonmouth Docks
Lorry drivers on the picket line at Avonmouth docks

Cars queuing at Tesco petrol station
Queuing for petrol in Southampton as supplies run low

Man fills up car at petrol station where some pumps already closed
Panic buying: The surge in demand is forcing petrol stations to close

Shell tankers at Fawley oil refinery
Going nowhere: Shell tankers at the Fawley oil refinery, Hampshire, as lorry drivers blockade the entrance

Shell lorry being blocked by taxi
A Shell lorry in Cheshire manages to hit the road - but is temporarily held up by a taxi

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