British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the country’s fuel shortage could continue until Christmas, which many analysts had expected.
“What you have at the moment is a shortage of truck drivers, and the shortage of truck drivers affects the whole world – there’s even a shortage of truck drivers in China” he added, during an interview with BBC News.
“When you look at a specific issue related to fuel, there is an issue that is now largely demand-driven, we make sure we have the complementary drivers if needed,” he said.
Fuel had reached a “critical” point in London and southeast England as experts warned of a sharp 5p price hike.
Groups of motorists have warned that some independent gas stations are cheating customers amid unprecedented fuel demand with prices expected to rise by 5p per liter as early as next week.
Photos circulated on social media showing some gas stations charging 293p per liter.
While there has been a marked improvement across the UK in the petrol problem, an estimated 16 percent of petrol stations remain without fuel, according to the Petroleum Retailers Association.
Army drivers are joining efforts to refuel at petrol stations.
Intervention by the military became necessary after a shortage of heavy truck drivers caused supply chain concerns and led to mass purchases of gasoline.