Breakdown and recovery firms see surge in calls following fuel supply problems

600 per cent increase in call from drivers running out of fuel, AA reports

Breakdown and recovery firms see surge in calls following fuel supply problems
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The UK’s biggest breakdown service companies have reported a surge in calls from drivers that have ran out of fuel.

The AA said the number of call-outs where drivers had run out of fuel rose by 600 per cent during the first weekend of the crisis.

RAC spokesperson, Simon Williams said: “We’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of our members who have broken down as a result of running out of fuel, and last Monday alone we attended twice as many drivers in a single day for this problem than we would normally see over a whole week.”

Green Flag published a warning on its website stating it may only be able to help customers if the driver is ‘vulnerable’ or in a dangerous location as it struggled to cope with demand.

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The Green Flag website also warned: “We don’t have any special access to fuel…. Unfortunately if you break down there could be a delay in our technician getting to you.”

Motorists have been warned that they could be fined £100 and handed three penalty points if a shortage of fuel causes a dangerous obstruction on the road.

Edmund King, AA president, said the firm was “seeing daily improvements”.

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