Residents were queuing along the A127 this morning
Many petrol stations, including Thurrock Services on M25, are out of supplies due to the demand.
Queues at forecourts have been apparent throughout rush hour this morning affecting major roads such as the A13 in Barking.
Residents have also been queuing at the Shell garage, just off the Brook Street Roundabout, which has tailed back onto the roundabout itself.
There’s no shortage of petrol in the country, but a lack of lorry drivers and three days of panic buying has caused 90% of stations to run empty.
Ministers are considering calling on the army to help with fuel deliveries.
The government has suspended competition rules so rival firms can work together to get supplies to priority areas.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The Government’s move to tackle the critical HGV driver shortage is welcome.
“It is essential that the Government now does all it can to ensure that all sectors, from hospitality to construction to culture, are able to hire the staff they need to get back on their feet and aid the country’s economic recovery.
“They should introduce a “Covid Recovery Visa” to help attract international workers to key roles, as well as devolving powers for London to create a regional shortage occupation list to make it easier to bring in staff in the areas where there is greatest need.
“A flexible migration system will be crucial to ensuring London’s competitiveness and ongoing success.”
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