Petrol station turns drivers away after running out of fuel since E10 changes

A supermarket petrol station in Devon ran out of unleaded fuel, just weeks after the new E10 launch.

As a result, motorists were forced to wait for its return to the pumps there.

Signs at the Tesco in Tiverton say they will not be replenishing its tanks until early October.

The pumps are still set up for E5 petrol, rather than E10 which was launched earlier this month across the country.

A note was left for drivers saying the pumps will not be changing to E10 fuel until they have new pumps installed next month.

Only four pumps were out of petrol, but by 3:30pm, all stations were dry.

The petrol ran out as one driver was trying to fill up their car on pump six.

A fuel attendant told customers: "That's it now, no more until October."

Tiverton only has four petrol stations, Devon Live reports.

Another petrol station in the town heard about the fuel situation, as it left staff concerned they weren't able to refill their cars.

But the petrol station's pumps were cleaned and filled up when the UK moved over to E10.

This marks one of the first instances with petrol stations having problems with E10 fuel since it was launched early September.

Meanwhile drivers have voiced their concerns over the new fuel with one motorist reporting a "spluttering" engine.

The motorist said: "So with E10 petrol are we now paying more for less petrol?"

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They added: "I'm all for being more environmentally friendly but shouldn't it be cheaper since it's watered down?

"Also, since I started using it, my car's exhaust started sputtering."

Another complained on Twitter: "One tank of E10 petrol and my Golf Mk5 is sputtering and misfiring and lacks power."

The fuel makes it greener than the previous E5 petrol which could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year.

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