INDEPENDENT petrol retailers have been hit in the pocket by the run on fuel.
Instead of a boost to profits, petrol stations are missing out on vital shop sales.
With little profit to be made on tax-laden fuel, independent retailers rely on the sale of pop, crisps and sweets to stay in business.
Kirklees councillor Salim Patel, whose family runs Crown Service Station in Wakefield Road, Brighouse, said the fuel panic was proving costly.
“Because the price of fuel is so high people think we are making lots of money but that’s not the case,” he told the Examiner.
“Since Monday our petrol sales have increased every day. They were double yesterday and we were in danger of running out.
“We have had queues out onto the main road and when people have to wait 15 or 20 minutes they just get the fuel and rush off. There is no time to buy other things.”
Clr Patel, a Tory who represents Dewsbury South, said once most people had filled up, petrol stations like his would go quiet.
“It will be deserted for a couple of days and the shop will be so quiet. The petrol panic is bad for business.”
Clr Patel, who runs the petrol station with his brother Mustak, described the last couple of days as “havoc”.
He, too, blamed the Government for mishandling its warning to the public.
“We had Francis Maude, a minister, telling people to fill jerry cans and when ministers say things like that people become suspicious and think there is more to it than they are telling us.”