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More than 600 filling stations have run out of fuel as the tanker drivers' strike comes to an end

More than 600 filling stations had no fuel to sell this morning as the tanker drivers' strike came to an end.

Reports of fuel shortages have come in from motorists across the country, but there was particular concern about the supply in the south-west and Welsh borders.

Some fuel station managers have responded to the panic by raising prices - one garage in Exwick, Devon, hiked its prices to £1.99 a litre, before backing down in the face of widespread criticism.

The tanker drivers, who are employed by Hoyer to deliver fuel to Shell's petrol stations, have been on strike since 6am on Friday because of a dispute over pay. They returned to work at 6am this morning.

Unite, the driver's union, has said it is hopeful about progress in the latest round of negotiations, having previously rejected a six per cent pay offer that the haulage companies claims would have taken a driver's salary to more than £41,000.

A second strike has been planned for this weekend.

The protests have so far remained peaceful, unlike in Spain, where a tanker driver was run over and killed while trying to stop a van from crossing a picket line.

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Zeddy 25 June 2008

Re: Fuel crisis: petrol hits £2 a litre

On a similar vein whatever happened to the methane powered car.

Imagine trying to get 45 miles on a packet of Turkey Twizzlers!

Stephen Guckel 25 June 2008

Re: Fuel crisis: petrol hits £2 a litre

www.theaircar.com

I love this French Company, MDI, with very clever idea for a town car. The fuel is all around you.

nom de plum 23 June 2008

Re: Fuel crisis: petrol hits £2 a litre

2 World Wars and 1 World Cup do dah.

I'm off to hell in a handcart. It's all I can afford to run these days.