Police reminder as diesel shortage continues

Victoria Police reminds drivers to be aware of diesel shortages by checking their fuel levels before travelling

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | December 10, 2012

As the shortage of diesel fuel in Victoria continues, Victoria Police is reminding drivers to check their fuel levels before travelling.

Senior Constable Adam West says drivers should contact their local supplier to check diesel availability before setting off on their trips.

"As diesel supplies dwindle, Victoria Police is reminding the public to ensure that they have enough fuel for any journey that they intend to take in the next few says," West says.

"Members from some country stations have reported incidents where people have arrived in to town to refuel and found that there is no diesel available."

Australia Post, which has depots in Dandenong and Sunshine and regional centres where diesel is depleted, says its truck and van fleets have not been impacted by diesel reductions, with all mail moving across the state as normal.

Australia Post spokeswoman Sarah Gordon says its transport department became aware of the reduction and gave itself enough time to stock up on fuel reserves.

"We did not need to access this reserve supply and there were no impacts to any of our truck and van fleet and all deliveries were unaffected," Gordon says.

There are reports that Shell’s refinery in Geelong has resumed its diesel processing unit following a recent storm.

ATN is awaiting a response from Shell.

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