Motorists should consider stockpiling fuel for strike, suggests No 10
Motorists should consider stockpiling petrol in case a strike by tanker drivers disrupts supplies, the Government has suggested.
There’s a possibility that this would actually cause the shortage that it is hoped can be averted.
It depends upon the relative sizes of the two diferent storage systems. For it is said that the fuel tanks of all cars on the American roads hold more fuel than the wholesale distribution netowrk itself holds. So, if every car goes and fills its tank to the brim then we exhaust those wholesale reserves.
Now I don’t know if that little factoid is actually true or not: but it would be very interesting if it were, wouldn’t it? For it would mean that No 10 calling for stockpiling will create the very shortage we wish to avoid.