A TANKER was trailed by 20 DRIVERS who were desperate for petrol – only to find out that he wasn’t even carrying any fuel.
Johnny Anderson was transporting more than 44 tonnes of cement to a building site in Northamptonshire when he realised he was being followed.
Once he took the turn to bring him to the site entrance in Overton all 20 cars continued to follow him.
But once he reached the housing development he heard the scores of cars beeping their horns at him.
He said: said: “The man at the front wound down his window and asked me which petrol station I was going to.
“When I said I wasn’t, he asked me ‘Why not?’ and when I said I wasn’t carrying petrol, he actually said ‘You could have stopped and told us you weren’t a petrol tanker.’
“I couldn’t believe it… I just went full McEnroe and said ‘You cannot be serious!’
“Then the bloke behind asked me where the nearest petrol station was. It just beggars belief.”
Johnny said he found the situation “quite funny” – but that if he had been carrying petrol he would have called the police.
He explained this is because petrol tanker drivers are trained to call for help if they notice they are being followed.
He added: “Following them puts extra pressure on drivers already under pressure without having to worry about absolute morons.”
It comes as Countless pumps are still running on empty nation-wide, with the fuel crisis a "really big problem" in London and the South East, according to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).
Queues of drivers snaked along roads outside petrol stations from 1am this morning with drivers desperate to be the first-in-line for opening.
And now, 200 soldiers are set to start delivering petrol on Monday in a bid to end the crisis after going through a crash HGV course.
Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) Brian Madderson today warned that fuel shortages are getting worse in some parts of the country.
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "In London and the South East and possibly parts of eastern England, if anything it had got worse."
Mr Madderson welcomed the announcement that military drivers are to be deployed from Monday, but he warned it will only have a limited impact.
"This isn't going to be the major panacea," he said. "It's a large help but in terms of the volume, they are not going to be able to carry that much.
"We do need a prioritisation of deliveries to filling stations – particularly the independent ones which are the neighbourhood retail sites – in London and the South East starting immediately."
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