FUEL shortages for HGV drivers are continuing despite the supply crisis easing.

On Friday (October 8), there was still no fuel for heavy vehicles at Strensham Services on the M5, a regular occurrence over the last few weeks.

The crisis has seen the heads of the fuel industry call for urgent government action.

Although the crisis is abating in the Midlands, the South of the country is still facing a crisis.

The Petrol Retailers Association said only 71 per cent of filling stations in London and the South East have petrol and diesel.

This is compared with 90 per cent in the rest of the country.

Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), warned fuel supplies are being sent to “the wrong parts of the country”.

He said: "“We do not know when the deliveries are arriving and we do not know how they are being prioritised,” he said.

“The return to normal fuel volumes continues to be blighted by the current inept prioritisation policy.”

Mr Madderson described the Government’s decision to suspend competition law to allow the fuel industry to share information as “a failed experiment”.

He added: “It is now time for the Government to step back, reimpose competition law, and restore market disciplines so that ordinary business incentives drive the fuel to the filling stations which need it.”

In Worcestershire, the worst of the fuel crisis appears to be over, with queues dying down and petrol stations re-opening.

The BP in London Road, which has been shut and with no fuel for much of the last two weeks, is finally back open again.