Stock levels at UK gas stations averaged 25% on Sunday, new figures show.
But there was “significant regional variation” ranging from just 16% on average in the South East to 35% in Scotland, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said.
The average inventory level fell to a low of 15% on Saturday, September 25, the day after panic buying began.
The numbers show how full gas station storage tanks are at the end of each day.
Reservoirs were generally about 33% full before the onset of the crisis.
On Friday, September 24, fuel sales were up 80% from normal levels.
Sales remained “substantially above” average until the middle of the following week, when they “started to return to normal levels,” BEIS added.
The amount of fuel delivered to service stations has been increased due to shortages.
The average quantity rose from around 16,000 liters per day per gas station before the crisis to a maximum of 22,700 liters on Tuesday, September 28.
Gordon Balmer, executive director of the Petrol Retailers Association, said on Wednesday that 13% of independent service stations in London and the South East still have no fuel.
He warned: “This leaves some motorists to continue to be unsure of the availability of fuel at gas stations in their neighborhood.
“Independent forecourts are reporting a complete lack of visibility as to when their next delivery might arrive, and some have been dry for four days and still awaiting a delivery.”
Mr Balmer said the government‘s attempts to deal with the crisis – such as deploying members of the armed forces to help deliver fuel – had had “limited success” in London and the South. -East.
He added: “There is an urgent need to pay much more attention to this problem affecting this region. “
RAC Fuel spokesman Simon Williams said the shortages have been “felt most severely by small retailers who do not tend to purchase fuel as frequently.”
He added: “As a result of the recent rush for pumps, the vast majority of retailers have had to replenish their stocks at the same time, which has put tremendous strain on supply chains. “