With the weather playing a major role in hampering suppliers attempting to deliver heating oil to customers in many parts of the UK, rationing has been introduced in some areas.
OFTEC’s Jeremy Hawksley told H&V News: “We have heard these reports and understand that this is happening in some geographical locations due to distributors being short of fuel themselves.
“During the recent cold period it was difficult for distributors to get adequate supplies of heating fuel from main depots and refineries.
“Also there is a tendency for people to panic buy when they think there are shortages – even if customers have a tank more than half full, so this is a way that distributors can ensure that they have some fuel for all their customers.”
The London Stock Exchange also recently published a report stating that theft of heating oil from homes was a growing problem.
This has followed the price of heating oil increasing by 70% during the past three months, making fuel stocks a tempting and potentially lucrative target for thieves, especially in the countryside, the LSE website stated.
Insurance provider NFU Mutual said that the problem could escalate over the Christmas period, further stating that domestic fuel is the sixth most common item stolen from homes in the countryside.