A MONTH on from fuel shortages, petrol station stock levels have fully recovered.

Many forecourts in Oxfordshire were out of petrol at the end of September, with people across the county struggling to keep their tanks full.

The problem was due to a shortage in fuel tanker drivers which led to issues in the supply chain.

Stock levels dropped to a low of 15 per cent on September 25 due to panic-buying which saw many filling stations run dry.

But now figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show that filling station storage tanks were an average of 45 per cent full at the end of the day on Sunday.

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That was the highest amount since May.

London and the South East were the slowest regions to recover from the shortage, but their petrol station storage tanks were an average of 42 per cent and 45 per cent full last Sunday.

The figures also show that sales of fuel have slowed from an average of 35,900 litres per filling station on September 24 to 11,800 litres on Sunday.

Petrol prices are now at a record-high with the average UK price of petrol hitting 142.94p a litre on Sunday, beating the former record, set in April 2012, by 0.46p.

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