Strike: Keep your tank full, warns garage man

2009-04-08 00:00

Petrol stations around the country could be out of fuel during the busy Easter weekend as the freight truck industry is rocked by the Satawu strike.

A petrol station owner who asked not to be named yesterday warned that motorists should keep their tanks full. He said he did not know what would happen during the busy Easter weekend.

“If it does run out, then we’re in trouble,” he said.

Margie Smith of Hilton Quarry BP Service Station said they had not been affected. “We got our delivery this morning, and BP has informed us that there is a contingency plan in place should a shortage occur,” she said. Howick Falls BP and Caltex Premier Service Station said they also had a contingency plan in place.

The CEO of the Fuel Retailers’ Association, Reggie Sibiya, said few stations in KZN have experienced disruptions.

“Some stations have contingency plans … and we do believe that the situation is manageable,” said Sibiya.

Eugene Hadebe of the KZN Taxi Association said the taxi industry will probably be affected, but they would wait to see what would happen.

Up to 30 tankers which were on their way to destinations all over the country were parked at a Willowton tanker depot in Pietermaritzburg.

The trucks had been carrying gas and fuel. Some had already delivered fuel, while others were still full.

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