Sunday, October 24, 2021

British Army to help with fuel delivery from Monday

LONDON: Britain will deploy around 200 military tanker personnel, 100 of them drivers, from Monday to assist with fuel delivery at gas stations and help bridge a shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, the government said on Friday. will do.

Several British gas stations were still dry on Friday after a chaotic week, with panic-buying, fighting at pumps, and fuel hoarding in water bottles after an acute shortage of supply chains strained for truck drivers to break their supply chains. The drivers have been observed.

Ministers in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government have insisted for days that the crisis was over or over, but retailers said more than 2,000 gas stations were dry and Reuters reporters in London and southern England Said dozens of pumps were still closed.

The government said military personnel are currently taking their training at hauler sites across the UK.

“While the situation is stabilizing, our armed forces are there to fill any critical vacancies and help the country move forward by supporting industry to deliver fuel to the forecourt,” Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said.

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Last Sunday, the government announced plans to issue temporary visas to 5,000 foreign truck drivers and 5,500 poultry workers to address the shortfall.

Some truck drivers said they would decline the visa because the deadline was not long enough.

On Friday, the government changed those plans, introducing a bespoke scheme to allow 300 fuel tanker drivers to come to Britain immediately, but on a temporary basis.

300, which is part of 5,000, could be operational in the UK by the end of March 2022. The remaining 4,700 will arrive by the end of October and leave by the end of February 2022.

The government said 5,500 poultry workers would come from the end of October and would be able to stay till the end of December.

“The introduction of these temporary, time-limited visa measures does not detract from our commitment to raise and raise the wages of our domestic labour, but in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances affecting the stability of the UK supply chain,” it said. .

by James Dewey

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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