Boris Johnson has insisted the fuel crisis is “stagnant” – despite industry experts describing the situation in London as “serious”.
Soldiers began delivering fuel to the forecourt from Monday to quell the growing fury of drivers, with the prime minister saying the shortage was for “supply not demand”.
But although petrol prices are likely to rise again in the coming days and warned that the crisis in the regions was worsening, Mr Johnson claimed the situation was easing.
“I appreciate how frustrating it has been, how angry it has been for people – the situation is stabilizing,” he told Sky News.
“It’s a problem that’s really driven by demand not by supply, although clearly we’re taking all the precautions we can.
“You need to take every possible precaution, but supplies are being made, they are going to the forecourt and people need to go about their business in the normal way.”
Gas stations in London and south-east England are facing fuel shortages, industry experts said as an attempt to allay the PM’s fears.
“It’s much better in the North and Scotland, and London and the South East really remain important areas until next week,” said PRA President Brian Maderson.
Meanwhile, a petrol station is selling for around £3 a liter as fuel shortages in the UK worsen in some areas.
Gulf Station in west London is charging fuel-short Brits £2.93 a liter for topping up – double its usual £1.98-per-litre charge.
With the fuel crisis a “really big problem” in London and the South East, countless pumps are still running across the country empty, according to the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).
From 1 am today, drivers queued up on the roads outside petrol pumps and drivers were desperate to open for the first time.
Now, 200 soldiers after going through the crash HGV course are ready to start the delivery of petrol from Monday to end the crisis.
Gulf Station at Sloane Avenue increased the cost of super unleaded fuel to £2.93 per liter of fuel – in a frantic bid to avoid running out and capitalize on crowds for petrol.
But the drivers were not removed as the pump was sold out within a few hours.
And petrol and diesel prices may go up by 3p per liter next week, giving drivers at petrol pumps hope of a jump in wholesale fuel prices.