The British government put the military on standby in case it was necessary to provide help in solving the fuel crisis. Up to 150 military tanker drivers can help with deliveries, writes the BBC.
The ministry of energy said in a statement released on Monday evening that “a number of military tanks must be ready to intervene and deploy across the country to stabilize fuel supplies.”
“While the fuel industry expects demand to return to normal levels in the coming days, it is right for us to take this sensible precautionary measure,” said business minister Kwasi Kwarteng, quoted in the press release.
The British government said that military tanker drivers would undergo specialized training before any assistance. According to the BBC, up to 150 drivers of military tankers are preparing to transport fuel.
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The fuel industry expects demand to return to normal levels in the coming days. “As many cars now have more fuel than usual, we expect demand to return to normal levels in the coming days, which will ease the pressure on service stations. We encourage everyone to buy fuel as before,” the fuel companies wrote in a joint statement.
The British government and the oil companies say there is no need to panic and that the gasoline and diesel stocks are sufficient. However, they add that the lack of tanker drivers makes it difficult to transport fuel from refineries to gas stations. Therefore, the British government announced earlier that it intends to spend 5,000. temporary visas for foreign truck drivers.
According to the representatives of the transport industry, about 100,000 are missing. truck drivers. After Brexit, around 25,000 people left the UK. drivers, and the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the process of obtaining qualifications by new employees in the transport industry for almost a year.
The British-Dutch petrochemical company Royal Dutch Shell drew attention to higher than usual demand for fuels. Over the weekend, the EG Group chain, operating at nearly 350 stations, introduced a gasoline purchase limit of up to £ 30 per customer. The BP concern announced the temporary closure of some stations. Problems with the availability of fuel at its stations were also reported by ExxonMobile.
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