The Defense Ministry has placed around 150 military tanker drivers on “short notice” to deliver fuel – and another 150 personnel to support them, despite Boris Johnson’s insistence that Britain’s fuel crisis is improving.
It is understood that soldiers will begin special training soon, which may take two to five days to prepare for deployment.
On Tuesday afternoon, the prime minister said the situation was “stabilizing now” and that things were “getting better on the forecourt”.
Speaking for the first time since the issues began at filling stations, Mr Johnson said he sympathized with those who were unable to obtain fuel, calling it “disappointing and infuriating”.
“What we are hearing from the industry is that the situation in the forecourt is stabilizing,” he said, urging people to avoid panic buying. Mr Johnson also confirmed he would not try to prioritize essential workers at the pumps, despite warnings that leaving health workers stuck in queues could put lives at risk.
The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said yesterday that “only” 37 per cent of the forecourts were out of petrol on Tuesday. On Sunday, the PRA – which represents about 5,500 of the UK’s 8,000 filling stations – reported that two-thirds of outlets had run out of fuel.
Labor said the government had let the country “go from crisis to crisis”, with leader Sir Keir Starmer hoping to highlight the issue in a key conference speech later.
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‘Brexit is responsible’ for HGV driver shortage, says Lamy
Labor frontbencher David Lamy has blamed Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal for the HGV driver shortage.
Shadow Justice Secretary told ITV good morning uk: “Brexit is to blame for some of the problems we are seeing.
“On this fuel crisis, there are no queues to get fuel in France, in Spain, in Germany, but in our own country there are queues for fuel.
“This is as a result of Boris Johnson’s exit from the European Union with the deal.”
Labor voted for a trade and cooperation deal signed by the PM, but Mr Lamy said: “It was his deal, we hold him responsible for his deal.”
He added: “What does it mean – why would drivers come here, when they are going back without baggage, when they have to pay the tariff? They would rather be in another country in Europe.”
Army gives green signal to start fuel tanker training – Report
Now some more information about tanker drivers. According to reports, the training will now begin to help the soldiers supply petrol, according to reports, which is also aimed at that they will be ready to go by the end of the week.
The decision to put 150 military drivers on standby was formally approved by the government overnight, meaning they can start training soon.
An additional 150 personnel are also ready to assist as part of the military effort.
“They are still on standby but can start training now,” a government source told the PA news agency.
The source said they would be kept in a “ready state” and could be deployed “in the coming days” if needed.
It is understood that officials from the Department of Trade and the Ministry of Defense are working with the petrol industry on where drivers will be best placed for support.
Worst of fuel crisis ‘is behind us’, says fuel boss
The head of a fuel supplier has predicted the UK is in the “worst” situation with a shortage of petrol pumps.
Portland Fuel’s managing director James Spencer told the BBC this morning: “I would logically say that the worst is behind us. The original crisis – if you want to call it that – the closure of 25 to 30 petrol stations near the South Coast. happened because of.
“It was never a particularly big crisis at first, obviously panic buying then, with sales up 500 percent in the forecourt over the weekend.”
He added that because “many people” have now filled their tanks, the industry “could actually see a drop in demand and replenishment of fuel at petrol stations”.
“I would probably have to say that there is a minor supply problem which is related to the shortage of tanker drivers. The shortage of tanker drivers is not as acute as the shortage of general haulers,” Mr. Spencer said.
Stop buying petrol in panic and fill only ‘when you really need it’, PM tells public
Boris Johnson has rejected pleas to give health and care workers priority access to fuel, despite warnings that queuing up in the forecourt would put lives at risk.
Breaking his silence on the crisis after pumps went dry for five days, the prime minister insisted that the situation was improving and called on motorists to stop panic buying petrol.
But retailers said more than a third of independent petrol stations remained empty, and Mr Johnson indicated emergency measures were needed to keep the supply chain running not only for fuel but also for other essential supplies until Christmas and beyond. will be required.
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Stop panic buying petrol and only fill up ‘when you really need it’, says Johnson
PM dismisses talk of ‘crisis’ – insists shortage is only a result of ‘huge global demand’ after COVID
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