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Jerry can sales surge at Halfords as fuel panic buying hits the UK

Worries over petrol panic buying across the UK led to a weekend spike in sales of jerry cans, according to Halfords. The retailer saw sales surge… View Article

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Jerry can sales surge at Halfords as fuel panic buying hits the UK

Worries over petrol panic buying across the UK led to a weekend spike in sales of jerry cans, according to Halfords.

The retailer saw sales surge 1,656% and the phrase ‘jerry can’ become the fourth highest search term on its website.

The news comes as drivers rushed to stockpile fuel after concerns about the HGV driver shortage spilled into queues outside filling stations over the last few days.

The situation has prompted business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng to suspend competition laws so that it is easier for fuel companies to refill stations.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, you can only legally store up to 30 litres of petrol at your home or non-workplace premises without informing the correct authorities.

The AA recommends people should not consider transporting excess fuel in their vehicles, or contemplate storing it at home.

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