Fuel is being diverted from large firms in the UK to pumping stations, a move that could eventually disrupt online deliveries, it has been reported
Government officials have instructed executives running the network of fuel terminals to send tankers heading for large companies to garages and service stations instead.
That’s according to the Telegraph, which also reported that the Government said it did not order any fuel deliveries to be diverted.
Britain has been gripped by a rush of panic buying that has left petrol stations dry across major cities.
Oil companies have warned that they do not have enough tanker drivers to move petrol and diesel from refineries to filling stations.
Soldiers were to start driving fuel tankers to replenish empty pumps, as motorists remained stuck in queues after nearly a week of shortages.
The Government has not responded to requests for comment but a spokesman told the newspaper it was "simply untrue" to suggest officials had ordered fuel companies to divert their deliveries.
"There has always been and continues to be plenty of fuel at refineries and terminals and we are now seeing signs that the situation at the pumps has begun to improve with more stations getting more fuel," the spokesman was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.