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Fuel shortage: Jerry cans sales boom and Londoners turn to the Tube – Yahoo News UK


The crisis has led to soaring demand for jerry cans and forms of transport that do not involve joining lengthy queues, new figures show (PA )

The crisis has led to soaring demand for jerry cans and forms of transport that do not involve joining lengthy queues, new figures show (PA )

Jerry cans are flying off the shelves and Tube carriages are filling up in the ongoing panic for fuel.

Londoners are seeking alternative ways to get around with a major boost in Tube travel, bicycle sales and curiosity in going electric.

It comes as desperate London drivers queued in their cars from 4am on Wednesday, despite claims from Boris Johnson that the situation is “improving.”

Many motorists have resorted to stocking up on fuel, with Halfords recording a 17-fold rise in jerry can sales over the weekend compared to the previous week.

Bike sales were also up as people sought transport alternatives, with e-bikes rocketing 106 per cent.

Meanwhile Lime has seen 20% more active users of e-bikes and e-scooters in London and 42% more e-scooter rides taken in Manchester compared to last week.

The boom is also affecting companies further up the supply chain.

Wholesale Clearance UK saw a record number of jerry can sales since news broke of the HGV driver shortage, selling 5,000 cans in batches of 12 on Friday alone.

CEO Karl Baxter said: “Bear in mind, these items had been listed for months without much interest.”

Petrol pumps out of use at a London petrol station on Wednesday (AP)

Petrol pumps out of use at a London petrol station on Wednesday (AP)

On Tuesday, Transport for London (TfL) saw a five per cent increase in Tube travel and two per cent boost on buses compared to seven days previous.

It means an additional 110,000 passengers hopped on buses and there were a further 210,000 taps on the Tube as the struggle for fuel continues.

TfL said the rise is roughly in line with the trends they have been seeing since the lifting of lockdown, as Londoners return to theatres, universities and sporting events.

Evans Halshaw saw online searchers for electric vehicles increase by one third on its website in the last seven days.

Google searches are also up for electric vehicle related questions in September, with motorists asking questions such as “how much does it cost to charge an electric car” and “electric car charging points near me.”

A long queue for petrol at 5am in Croydon (Jeremy Selwyn)

A long queue for petrol at 5am in Croydon (Jeremy Selwyn)

Tensions are rising in the fight for fuel as the UK tries to plug the gap in the number of lorry drivers transporting goods from abroad.

Fights have broken out at petrol stations in London where one man threatened an alleged queue jumper with a knife on Monday.

Drivers are being warned that fuel prices could reach record levels even if the current crisis ends.

One man threatened a queueing motorist with ak knife and kicked their car (Stefan Silva)

One man threatened a queueing motorist with ak knife and kicked their car (Stefan Silva)

The RAC said average prices may hit 143p per litre for petrol and 145p per litre for diesel in the next few weeks.

That would mean a near six per cent increase in the price of petrol and a five per cent increase in the cost of diesel.

Retailers reported that up to 90 per cent of their outlets in and around London were out of petrol and diesel on Monday after a six-fold surge in demand from motorists over the weekend.

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