Did E10 rollout fuel the panic buying at UK’s petrol stations?

Petrol Retailers Association said the recent scenes of road rage at forecourts were the “unintended consequence” of the E10 rollout

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The introduction of E10 might have led to last month’s panic buying that left the UK’s forecourts dry, retailers now suggest.

From 1st September E10, a blend of standard petrol and ethanol made from materials, including low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood became the standard grade of petrol in Britain.

In an interview on Telegraph, Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said the data suggest the fuel crisis was an “unintended consequence” of the E10 rollout: “For weeks we had been emptying our tanks of E5, the old fuel as fast as we could to get ready for E10. We had all run our petrol stocks down.

“So, when the panic buying started, many of our members ran out pretty quickly. Then the shortage of HGV drivers meant we couldn’t get supplies quickly enough.

“I don’t blame the government particularly but the E10 switchover clearly had an unintended consequence: we couldn’t cope with the surge in demand.”

On Monday, the British military started delivering fuel to forecourts across the country in a bid to relieve pressure on petrol stations.

Two weeks ago, Steve Coombe, Membership Manager at the PRA spoke to ELN about the escalating fuel crisis.

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