LARGE queues formed as early as 8am yesterday as people rushed to fill up their tanks.
Martin Blakey, 23, who lives in Stockton Road, Hartlepool and works in NHS administration, said: “I didn’t get paid until Wednesday so I was always going to fill up today.
“I would have probably came anyway though when I saw all of the queues.
“I think people are panic buying, but it’s better to be safe, we all need to make sure we have enough fuel.”
Jeff Green, 62, a retired property services manager who lives in Hartfields Retirement Village, in Hartlepool, said: “It’s mad.
“There’s just no need for it, the Government hasn’t helped itself, it caused this.
“I’m filling my daughter’s car up for her, I will just put as much in as I was planning to.”
Claire Bennett, 58 (pictured left), who lives in the Jesmond Road area of town and owns the Vinery sandwich shop, in town, said: “I am filling up my tank just in case, but I just hope this all gets resolved.
“I didn’t expect the queues to be this bad, the Government has just caused people to panic buy.”
Graeme Buckley, 41, a wagon driver who lives in the Clavering Road area of Hartlepool, said: “People do seem to be panic buying.
“I need to fill up and I would have been here anyway.
“I don’t think there is any need for this, I can’t imagine how bad it will be if a strike does go ahead.”
Norman Telford, 69, a retired miner who lives in Consett, but has a caravan at Crimdon Dene, said: “We come over to Morrisons every Thursday and I always put petrol in.
“I thought a lot of people would be putting petrol in after what the Government said, but I didn’t expect it to be this bad.
“The Government has just shot itself in the foot and everyone seems to be panic buying.”