The government is set to suspend competition law to allow oil firms to target fuel deliveries at petrol stations.
It comes after the recent spate of panic buying.
The government has been considering using the Army, but Environment Secretary George Eustice said the shortage of drivers was “not a huge problem”.
“The only reason we don’t have petrol on forecourts is people are buying petrol when they don’t need it,” he said, predicting that things would “calm down” once anxious people had filled their cars.
In a joint statement from companies including Shell, ExxonMobil and Greenergy, the industry reiterated that pressures on supply were being caused by “temporary spikes in customer demand – not a national shortage of fuel”.