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4 Oct 2021
Military to Assist Govt in Solving Fuel Crisis amid Driver Shortage
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The British government has asked the army to provide assistance in tackling the acute shortage of truckers. The nation’s major supply chains for basic goods are under tremendous strain as shortage of labor continues to get worse.
The shortage has triggered panic-buying of fuel across various cities where the public can be seen hoarding fuel pumps and causing chaos. Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said on radio, “As an extra precaution we’ve put the extra drivers on. The situation has been improving now for I think over a week every day. It is getting better and as demand settles back to more normal levels the strong expectation is things will resolve themselves.”
According to reports, many gas stations remained closed across southern England and London. Around It is estimated that it could take a week or more to get fuel stocks back to normal as 22% of gas stations have no supply.
On the other hand, UKs leading ministers have constantly denied any link between Brexit and the fuel crisis. Some went on to say that the truck driver shortage was a global issue, yet no such problem has been reported by any other nation. Rishi Sunak said, “The HGV drivers is not a UK issue, it’s a Europe wide issue and beyond. I want people to know that we are doing everything we can to mitigate some of those challenges, where we can make a difference.”