the essential Approximately 200 military personnel will be deployed from Monday to the United Kingdom to ensure the delivery of fuel.
“Almost 200 soldiers, including 65 drivers, will be deployed from Monday to provide a temporary support as part of government action to ease pressure on gas stations and address the shortage of truck drivers, “an official statement said. These soldiers are currently completing their training for this purpose.
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300 foreign tanker drivers
The government has also indicated that it will immediately allow up to 300 foreign tanker drivers to work in the UK until the end of March 2022, as part of the granting of thousands of temporary work visas aimed at relieving supply chains.
Since last week, long queues have formed in front of gas stations, facing supply problems due to a lack of truck drivers (100. 000 according to professionals). They were marked in certain places by altercations between motorists at the end of their tether.
This exceptional situation is the latest consequence of the labor shortages caused by the pandemic and Brexit, with delivery problems also affecting supermarket shelves, fast food chains and even pubs.
According to the executive, “the demand for fuels stabilized during the week”, although “some parts of the country are still experiencing difficulties”.
The UK has no shortage of fuels
The government keeps repeating that the UK has no shortage of fuels but the shortages are due to the exceptional demand caused by purchases from consumers worried about running out, as had been the case with toilet paper or certain food products. at the start of the pandemic.
He conceded, however, that Brexit was an additional ‘factor’.
“Thanks to the immense efforts of the industry over the past week, we see persistent signs of a slow improvement in the situation at the pumps,” said Minister of Enterprise Kwasi Kwarteng.
“It is important to stress that there is no national fuel shortage in the UK, and people should continue to buy fuel normally. The sooner we get back to our normal buying habits, the sooner we can. return to normal, ”he added.
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The Petrol Retailers Association, which represents 26% of UK service stations, also observed signs of improvement but felt they were “far too slow “, with 26% of stations still running out of fuel.
In an attempt to remedy the lack of truck drivers and staff in poultry farms, and in the face of the specter of empty shelves at Christmas, the government had already resolved on Saturday to amend its immigration policy and to grant up to 10. 500 provisional work visas for a few months.
It also temporarily exempted the fuel distribution sector from competition rules to allow the most affected areas to be delivered as a priority.