Forecourts supplying fuel from the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland are managing to maintain availability despite the current shutdown at the site, according to the PRA.

PRA chairman Brian Madderson said: “The PRA issued early advice to forecourts suggesting they gradually increase holding stock levels and we believe that this has been heeded in most areas.

“It is also clear that motorists have maintained their usual buying patterns as there have been no signs of the panic buying which caused so much distress to consumers and businesses in March 2012.

“Our advice is that the third party storage terminals in Inverness, Aberdeen, Clydebank and Grangemouth are all operating normally and are well-stocked with road fuels. Supplies can also be quickly obtained from terminals near Carlisle and Teesside.

“There is currently no industrial action by members of the Unite union and supplies are unaffected.

“With around 65% of all forecourts in Scotland operated by independents, the PRA will remain close contact with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to ensure we monitor the situation.”