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Petrol strike threat: Government advises 'topping up'

28 March 2012 Last updated at 22:03 BST

The government has advised "sensible precautions" in case a strike by fuel tanker drivers goes ahead.

After a meeting of the civil contingencies committee Cobra, Downing Street said there was no fuel shortage and advised drivers to top up tanks.

The Fire Brigades Union has asked Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude to withdraw his advice for people to store petrol in a jerrycan in garages.

The BBC's chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym reports.