The military helps out in the fuel crisis

Released on 04.10. 2021

  • Military personnel, including 100 Truck drivers, help to get the supply problems at gas stations under control. Photo: Ian West

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Shortage of lorry drivers: The available fuel in Great Britain could not be brought to the petrol stations recently, numerous petrol pumps remained empty. Now the army has to go.

London (dpa) – In Great Britain, the military is deployed to deal with the fuel crisis from today. About 200 Army members help transport petrol and diesel to petrol stations.

“Operation Escalin” focuses on London and south-east England, as a government spokesman said. The situation there is not stabilizing as quickly as in other areas.

The soldiers were trained by a company specializing in fuel logistics in the county of Essex. “We are working closely with the industry to increase fuel stocks,” said the government spokesman. “There are signs of improvement in average UK gas station supplies as demand stabilizes.”

According to the Petrol Retailers Association, much of northern and Central England as well as Scotland no longer have any supply problems. In London and south-east England, however, one in five petrol stations (22 percent) ran out of fuel, and there were many either just gasoline or diesel. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the military operation on Sunday a precautionary measure.

Great Britain, like many other countries and Germany, suffers from a blatant shortage of truck drivers. However, tougher immigration rules after Brexit have exacerbated the UK. Under the impression of empty pumps and long lines in front of gas stations, the government made a U-turn and approved work visas for up to 5000 foreign drivers who up to Should apply at the end of February.

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