“Catastrophic panic buying of petrol” is going to get worse before it improves says expert

Panicked motorists have caused lengthy queues at petrol stations for a second day – as an industry expert predicted the “catastrophic situation” is going to get worse before it improves.

Long lines of cars continued to form at forecourts across the country on Saturday after a shortage of HGV drivers forced some fuel retailers to shut their pumps and ration sales.

The petrol problems come after retailers warned a solution to the lack of truckers must be found within days to avoid “significant disruption” in the run-up to Christmas.

It is understood that Boris Johnson has allowed minsters to relax immigration rules and up to 5,000 temporary visas could be issued to foreign lorry drivers.

Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, described the panic buying as a “catastrophic situation” and said he had witnessed queues up to a mile long at forecourts.

He told Sky News: “There’s enough fuel at the refineries and terminals to supply the normal demand.

“What we have at the moment is abnormal demand where everyone is rushing to fill up their vehicles.”

He added: “It is a crisis situation that has developed very quickly.”