Nigel Farage’s car is hit by a van as he tweets he drove around SEVEN petrol stations in failed attempt to get fuel and lashes out at government claims that the fuel crisis is stabilising
The GB News host and prominent Brexiteer shared his ordeal on Twitter in a jibe at government ministers who claimed that the crisis is stablising.
Mr Farage tweeted: ‘The government tells us the fuel crisis is easing…I went to 7 petrol stations this morning and there was no fuel at any of them.
‘Was then hit by a van whilst stationary at a roundabout. Great start to the day!’
Nigel Farage tweeted that his car was hit by a van while looking for fuel at seven petrol stations this morning
Mr Farage’s tweet made a dig at government over ministers’ claims that the crisis is ‘easing’
Chaos has descended across the UK’s 8,380 petrol stations throughout the past week after an estimated 60 percent ran dry of fuel over the weekend.
Ugly scenes unfolded including knife fights on forecourts as panic buying gripped the nation.
London and Bristol were among the worst hit areas on Thursday as UK roads were gridlocked for the seventh day in a row.
Treasury minister Simon Clarke admitted on Sky News this morning that 27 percent of petrol stations are still out of fuel.
Mr Clark said: ‘ ‘I think we are now in a situation where the data is becoming much clearer on this.
‘Whereas at the weekend 60 per cent of petrol stations were out of fuel – that was down to 27 per cent as of yesterday.
‘The numbers are really moving in the right direction.’
He added that 150 drivers from the army are on standby to help if needed.
On Tuesday, transport secretary Grant Shapps urged drivers to resume their usual routines for filling up vehicles and stop panic buying.
He also claimed there are signs that stocks are getting back to normal under Britain’s struggling forecourts.
Long queues are seen in front of petrol stations in London yesterday (Wednesday)
A sign informs customers that fuel has run out at a petrol station in Hemel Hempstead
Motorists queue for fuel at a filling station in Odiham, Hampshire, today (Thursday)
Mr Shapps said: ‘There are now the first very tentative signs of stabilisation in forecourt storage which won’t be reflected in the queues as yet.’
Sainsbury’s told MailOnline today that it has more than 300 petrol stations, with some reopening after receiving more fuel but other closing until they receive more – however, it insisted that all sites continue to receive fuel.
It came as the government advised local councils around the country not to use the phrases ‘panic’, ‘panic buying’ or ‘stock-piling’ in reference to the fuel crisis, in the hope it will reduce queues outside petrol stations.