Drivers in the West Midlands have been reporting diesel shortages at fuel stations.
The areas most affected by diesel shortages are in the southeast of England, but motorists have reported not being able to find diesel at fuel stations in regions including Birmingham, the Black Country, Worcestershire, and Staffordshire in recent days.
Some residents have also taken to Twitter to express their frustration over petrol shortages in Birmingham.
Drivers were hit by the largest monthly spike in pump prices on record in March, despite a cut in fuel duty, according to new analysis.
The RAC said the average cost of a litre of diesel at UK forecourts rose by 22.1p to end March at 177.3p, the largest monthly spike in pump prices on record.
And as we have seen in just about every other aspect of everyday life, the war Ukraine is also having an effect on supplies.
As a result of sanctions imposed against Russia for its invasion of its neighbour, Russian-owned or flagged vessels are banned from UK ports.
But while rising prices are somewhat to blame for the perceived shortage in the fuel, as drivers look to fill up before costs rise any further, they are only part of the problem.
Activists from Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion groups also obstructed 10 fuel sites in the Midlands and southern England in the early hours of Friday 1 April, to stand against “expanding UK oil and gas production”.
ExxonMobil UK, one of the country’s largest privately owned underground oil pipeline distribution networks, said it shut down three of its terminals as a result.
This has had a knock on effect on the availability of diesel at the pumps, as fuel deliveries were delayed.
BirminghamWorld rang around fuel stations across the city to find out if they have petrol and diesel available today (Monday, April 11).
Esso Aston Way, Corporation Street: Petrol and diesel are both available
BP Watery Lane Middleway: Petrol and diesel is available but diesel isn’t
Texaco, Brighton Road, Balsall Heath: Petrol and diesel are both available
Harvest Energy Petrol Station, Dudley Road: Petrol and diesel are both available
Esso Midlands Link, Tyburn Road: Petrol and diesel are both available
Shell, Birmingham Road: Petrol and diesel are both available
BP College Road, Perry Barr: Petrol and diesel are both available
BP Pershore Road, Stirchley: No diesel and only unleaded but running low
Texaco Maypole Lane, Druids Heath: Petrol and diesel are both available
Gulf, Grove Road: Petrol and diesel are both available
Shell Harborne Lane, Selly Oak: Petrol and diesel are both available
Leaway Service Station, Meadway: Petrol and diesel are both available
Esso Bickenhill, Solihull: Petrol and diesel are both available
Texaco Bearwood Service Station, Sandon Road: Petrol and diesel are both available
Applegreen Quinton (Hollybush): Petrol and diesel are both available apart from super-unleaded
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