Confusion over ban on stopping at petrol stations unless ‘you really need to’

Drivers have been left baffled by a new Government ban on stopping at petrol stations unless "you really need to".

They were among a raft of restrictions which come into force on Thursday September 24 aimed at reversing a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday urged drivers to only stop at fuel courts or motorway service stations if they "really need to".

But some motorists have branded the rule confusing on Twitter.

One joked: "Because normally we stop there for fun."

Another added: "So only stop at petrol stations if you really need to… get petrol?"

While one more added: "Thought that was the main purpose of them, to stop and refuel when necessary."

And another fumed: "F**king moron. Like people go out of the way to go to a petrol station for a party."

On Tuesday the PM set out new restrictions that will come into force tomorrow as the country battles a rising tide of covid-19 infections.

The new rules will see hospitality venues having to close at 10pm, with face coverings now mandatory in additional areas and fines for those breaking the rules.

And today new guidance has been issued for motorists and those travelling in cars.

Drivers are being urged to only stop at petrol stations or motorway service stations if they "really need to".

If you do have to stop, you must make sure you are social distancing and must wash your hands before and after you travel.

The new document advises people to try not to share a car with individuals that they don’t live with or who are not in their “support bubble”.

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If you do have to share a car, you are advised to try and do so with the same person each time.

In circumstances where stations or services are crowded and it is not possible to social distance, travellers close together should face away from them if you can, and move away as soon as you can.

For those who have to use public transport, the new advice suggests doing this at off-peak times when services are less busy.

As announced by the Prime Minister yesterday, fines for not wearing face coverings on public transport have now increased to £200.

People are also being asked not to eat or drink on public transport where possible.

The Government is urging anyone who can walk or cycle to do so as these are considered the safest methods of travel to avoid the virus.

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