Fuel Association: Don't panic

Motorists have been urged not to panic despite delays in fuel deliveries.

Motorists have been urged not to panic despite delays in fuel deliveries.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Petroleum Industry Association on Tuesday said motorists should not panic and rush to fill up their tanks.

A number of fuel stations have reportedly run out of fuel as the truck drivers wage strike continues.

The price of petrol will increase at midnight on Tuesday by 25 cents a litre.

Diesel will increase by up to 40 cents a litre.

The association's executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo said contingency plans are in place to curb the shortages but the process of delivering fuel at some stations is taking longer.

"Some of the garages that are short of some grades of fuel might be supplied in the course of the night. The situation keeps on changing."

Meanwhile, striking drivers said they will not return to work until their wage demands are met.

They said they wanted the country to feel the impact of their absence because they are underpaid but work long hours.