British soldiers on duty from Monday

Released on 02. 10. 2021

  • Out of order: petrol pumps at a petrol station in Manchester. Photo: Jon Super

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Refueling is currently a major problem in Great Britain: there is a lack of pulp. The British government wants to remedy the situation.

London (dpa) – In Great Britain soldiers are to be deployed from Monday to curb the ongoing fuel shortage at British filling stations.

Almost 200 members of the armed forces, including 100 Truck drivers should provide “temporary” support, as the government seat Downing Street announced on Saturday. At the same time, the government expanded its offers for foreign truck drivers. Up to 300 drivers from abroad should receive immediate work visas, which should be valid until March. So far, the government had tried to lure applicants from abroad to the island with temporary visas until Christmas.

The UK has had extreme bottlenecks for more than a week at many gas stations. Many are closed. Long lines form at the rest. In some parts of the country, the situation is said to have improved. According to a large petrol station association, this does not apply to London and the south-east. While the situation in Scotland, the north of England and parts of the Midlands has improved, in the south it has “at best gotten worse,” said the head of the Petrol Retailers Association Brian Madderson of the BBC on Saturday.

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