Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Queues at Petrol Pumps as Drivers Rush to Fill Up; 1.picket Power: Striking Shell Drivers Talk to a Trucker from Another Fuel Company at Stanlow Oil Refinery, Cheshire. A Motorist Fills a Jerry Can in West London 2.fuelling Demand: Drivers Queue for Up to 20 Minutes for Petrol and Diesel at a Shell Garage in Brompton Road Only Hours after the Tanker Drivers' Four-Day Industrial Action over Pay Began

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Queues at Petrol Pumps as Drivers Rush to Fill Up; 1.picket Power: Striking Shell Drivers Talk to a Trucker from Another Fuel Company at Stanlow Oil Refinery, Cheshire. A Motorist Fills a Jerry Can in West London 2.fuelling Demand: Drivers Queue for Up to 20 Minutes for Petrol and Diesel at a Shell Garage in Brompton Road Only Hours after the Tanker Drivers' Four-Day Industrial Action over Pay Began

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Byline: RASHID RAZAQ, DAVID WILLIAMS

LONDON petrol stations were hit by queues today and some pumps went dryas the fuel tanker drivers' four-day strike began.

Forecourts at Shell garages across the capital said that business was up andmany were hit by queues as drivers filled up.

Retailers and the Government called for "restraint" and said there was plentyof fuel to go round.

The Petrol Retailers Association said there was no lack of fuel as long asmotorists "bought normally". Tanker drivers for Shell, which provides 10 percent of Britain's petrol needs, walked out at 6am for four days of action.

Union leaders warned fuel would start to run out "almost immediately" and allShell's forecourts would be affected within 24 hours.

Pickets at terminals around the country were manned by hundreds of trade unionmembers seeking a pay rise.

The first impact was felt at the Shell garage in Bayswater Road as it ran outat 6am. Duty manager A Vikmaesan said the last delivery was yesterday morning,but a rush of customers had emptied supplies. On the forecourt was David Lewes,57, a corporate lawyer from Notting Hill. He said: "I do have sympathy for thestaff who are striking. But I'm in a rush to get to a meeting and I am going tohave to drive round looking for another petrol station." Government officialssaid there was no reason for Londoners to fear the pumps running dry.

They said pickets were not being allowed to block the road at the Corytonrefinery in Essex, which is the main supplier to the capital. That meant thatalthough drivers serving Shell stations may not work, they would not stopdeliveries to other brands.

There was no disruption at the West London Terminal, which is supplied by apipeline and serves Esso tankers.

"London drivers need not worry because if their Shell station runs out thereshould always be a filling station round the corner with supplies," said anofficial. …

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