According to the RAC foundation, diesel pumps could “run dry” because of a rising dependency on foreign fuel. The research stated that the demand for diesel has been growing over the last few decades, but UK refineries were having trouble keeping up.
Last year there were 11 million diesel cars on the road, compared to just 1.6 million in 1994. The RACF stated that at the current rate, diesel would be four times more popular than petrol by 2030.
But since we consume twice as much diesel as we produce, the rising reliance on other countries like Russia and India to provide the fuel could leave users “at the mercy of the global market”, according to the foundation.
RACF director Steve Gooding commented: “Even if we aren’t in conflict with those countries that control the taps, they could simply decide if they need more of what they produce for their own markets. If supply is interrupted, then at best we’ll see sharp rises in forecourt prices and, at worst, there is the unlikely but real possibility of pumps running dry”.
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