Almost 200 soldiers of the British Armed Forces will begin this Monday to distribute fuel through the country’s gas stations, to alleviate the lack of carriers that has left service stations with a shortage of supply, causing lines of waiting hours to refuel and the closure of many of them.
Despite the fact that the Government and the big oil companies have insisted in recent days that the situation was “stabilizing”, more than a quarter of the independent gas stations in the United Kingdom continued this Friday with empty pumps, according to the National Association of Retailers . Faced with this situation, 200 soldiers will be deployed, 100 of them drivers, who have received emergency training in recent days.
In a statement released this Saturday, the Cabinet Ministry – the equivalent of the Presidency – indicated that these troops, who are part of the Army tanker personnel, will provide “temporary support” within the measures that the government has adopted to combat the shortage of drivers. The country “still faces challenges”, despite the fact that demand “has stabilized and now more fuel is being distributed than is being sold,” the note said.
In addition, the country will allow the temporary and immediate entry of 300 foreign truckers, who will be able to stay in the United Kingdom to work until the end of next March.
The Executive adds that he is taking other provisional measures against the pressure suffered by the food supply chain, also caused by the lack of labor, which he attributes to “the pandemic and the recovery of the global economy around the world.” in his statement, without referring to Brexit, the country’s exit from the European Union.
Among these measures, another 4,700 food transporters will arrive at the end of October, who will stay until the end of February and 5,500 workers for the poultry sector will also be allowed to enter the country, with visas until December 31. “The introduction of these temporary visas does not detract us from our commitment to raising skills and increasing wages in our labor market, but recognizes the extraordinary circumstances affecting the stability of the supply chain in the UK”, underlines the Government.
The Minister of Companies, Kwasi Kwarteng, stressed that “there is no shortage of fuel” in the country, so people “should continue to refuel normally”, and asked citizens not to panic to allow things “can go back to normal”.