Government sources told CNN Business that the British Army has 150 drivers on standby to help refuel at gas stations, following a wave of panic by British motorists.
“I think people will see people commanding the tanker fleet in the next few days,” British Commerce Minister Quasi-Quarting told reporters on Wednesday. “The last few days have been tough,” he admitted. “We saw big queues, but I think the situation will improve.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday urged the public to fill in the “normal way, when you really need it”.
The Petrol Retailers Association, which represents 27% of fuel shortages at 5,450 service stations, represents independent fuel suppliers.
The UK government has announced recent emergency measures, including the issuance of temporary work visas to 5,000 foreign truck drivers and the suspension of competition law to allow suppliers to refuel fuel to competing operators.
There has been a shortage of truck drivers in the UK for many years, but that shortage has recently been exacerbated by an epidemic that has delayed the issuance of new licenses and Britain’s exit from the EU has prompted tens of thousands of citizens to leave the truck. Other jobs and businesses in Brittany.
According to the Road Transport Association, there is a shortage of about 100,000 lorry drivers in the country. The British government said last month that “most solutions” to the crisis would come from employers who offer better wages and terms, and that it did not want to trust workers outside Britain.
Johnson announced Tuesday that additional visas for foreign workers would change, but not be possible Over the weekend immigration laws have been temporarily relaxed to allow more drivers and 5,500 poultry workers to process turkeys for Christmas.
“What we want to see is a higher pay and a focus on higher skills – a more productive approach to our economy,” he said. What the people in this country do not want to do is solve all of our uncontrolled immigration problems. “.
Robbie McGregor Smith, president of the British Chambers of Commerce, likened the government’s decision to issue 5,000 temporary visas to foreign truck drivers to “throwing water into the fire.”
“Without further action, we now face real damage to our economic recovery, stunting growth, as well as another Merry Christmas for many businesses and their customers across the country,” he said in a statement.
It is not clear whether foreign truck drivers want to work in the UK. Temporary visas are only valid until Christmas Eve, and many drivers complain about low wages and undesirable working conditions in the country, lack of clean rest areas.
“As many cars now have more fuel than usual, we expect the pressure in the gas station yards to ease and demand to return to normal in the coming days,” the companies said. We encourage everyone to buy fuel as usual. .
– Joe Shelley, Lauren Kent, Nada Bashir, Chris Liagos, Amy Wooddat and Anna Cuban contributed to the report.
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