Long queues in front of stations, limit on buying gasoline – Great Britain is struggling with a serious problem. The cause of the troubles is the lack of tanker drivers delivering fuel. In order to ease the crisis, the government decided to introduce visa facilitations for employees of the transport industry.
Due to “unprecedented demand”, 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 their stations were also reported by Shell and ExxonMobile.
Lack of gasoline at stations – the problem is the lack of drivers
The British government and the oil companies ensure that there is no need to panic and that the gasoline and diesel supplies are sufficient. However, they add that the lack of truck drivers makes it difficult to transport fuel from refineries to gas stations.
Retail chains also reported serious problems with maintaining supply chains. Industry officials warned on Friday that if the driver shortage is not resolved within the next 10 days, there could be a problem with deliveries over the Christmas season.
The entry of 5,000 drivers is to help
According to media reports, the government has confirmed that 5,000 people will be allowed to enter Great Britain on short-term visas. foreign truck drivers. Such a solution had been demanded for months by representatives of the transport sector, who welcomed these reports. As Reuters writes, however, there are voices that even this step is insufficient and will not solve British transport problems in the long run.
According to representatives of the transport industry, the UK is short of approx. 100,000 jobs. truck drivers. After Brexit, around 25,000 people left the UK. drivers, and the Covid-19 pandemic suspended the qualification process for new employees in the transport industry for almost a year.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced on Friday an increase in the number of truck driver exams, which is also expected to contribute to solving the crisis.
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