Footage has emerged of huge queues apparently stretching up to two miles as panic buyers descend on petrol stations in the capital.
The video, filmed by a pedestrian in Bounds Green, north London, shows fed up motorists beeping their horns in frustration as they wait to fill up.
It comes as road users were branded selfish for filling up jerry cans of fuel loaded into their car boots as petrol stations announced they would ration supplies.
The crisis has prompted ministers to consider drafting in 5,000 drivers from outside Britain to help – despite the government previously insisting it would rely on training domestic drivers.
Temporary visas could be offered to European drivers allowing them to work in the UK, in a desperate attempt to plug the estimated 100,000 shortfall of HGV drivers.
The footage in Bounds Green was filmed by Carla Francome who described the beeping by motorists as ‘insane’.
In another post, she added: ‘One o’clock and the whole of Bounds Green Road is still at a complete standstill because cars are queuing for hundreds of yards in both directions for the petrol garage.
‘Anyone NOT queuing simply can’t get past, and are stuck in the jam. #fuelcrisis #fuelshortage #petrolshortage’
‘Without them, we are unable to move goods from farms to warehouses to shops.
‘Unless new drivers are found in the next ten days, it is inevitable that we will see significant disruption in the run up to Christmas.’
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps signalled he was prepared to draft in the Army, as it was suggested 2,000 personnel who are qualified HGV drivers had been put on ‘standby’ to distribute food and essentials, including medicine.
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