Local petrol stations jam-packed with thirsty motorists

2012-10-03 00:00

PETROL stations around the city, already under a strain at the height of the truck drivers’ strike, expected higher volumes of motorists ahead of last night’s petrol increase of 23c.

Keith Sole, the supervisor of BP on Alan Paton Avenue, told The Witness that they expected more people to show up, as they did every time the price went up.

The station was already under pressure, having run out of fuel over the weekend as a result of the strike.

“We were told the reason we didn’t get fuel delivered on Friday was because of the strike,” said Sole, adding that they had received their delivery on Monday.

Sole added that the fuel they had was expected to only last for another three days.

Tiaan Kroese, the manager of Shell in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, said a combination of school holidays, the strike and other service stations around them running dry contributed to the higher numbers of customers they had been getting.

But, Kroese said it would be difficult to gauge whether they would have enough petrol as it was difficult to predict the number of people they would get.

On New England Road, Engen manager Emmanuel Dlamini said they expected more people last night. However, as far as the strike was concerned, they were mere “spectators”.

“We have been getting a number of people over the last few days,” Dlamini said, echoing what other stations had experienced with higher volumes. But, he said that since Engen’s drivers were not on strike, it was business as usual for them.

They too expected more people because of the increase in the fuel price, but said they had enough petrol in their tanks to accommodate all.

Manager Corne Coertze at the Caltex garage in Chief Albert Luthuli Street also said they hadn’t experienced any problems, but also had a higher number of customers.

“The fuel hike is playing a role. There is always a rush before fuel goes up,” he said.

When The Witness arrived at Sasol in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, cars were queuing to fill up. However, the manager refused to comment, saying that only the owner of the station could speak to the media.

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