Motorists are being hit by fuel prices rising amid chaos at petrol stations across the country.

The issues around fuel supply at forecourts has now entered its fifth day with filling stations in many parts of the country continuing to run dry.

Long queues were again reported outside stations which were still open, after the government announced it was putting the Army on standby in an effort to ensure supplies were maintained.

It has now been revealed that average petrol prices at UK forecourts rose from 134.86p per litre on September 20 to 135.19p per litre on Monday (September 27), amid the fuel shortage.

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The figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy show the average price of a litre of diesel rose from 137.35p to 137.95p over the same period.

Retailers have warned that the panic buying of petrol shows no sign of ending.

Oil companies have said they expect the pressure on forecourts to ease in the coming days, with many cars carrying more fuel than usual.

However, the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), Brian Madderson, said that there was little sign of that happening – with social media driving the dash to the pumps.

Meanwhile, the government is continuing to face calls to give priority access to fuel supplies to healthcare staff and other essential workers.

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