British military personnel have started delivering fuel to gas stations after supplies were disrupted for more than a week following a shortage of truck drivers
LONDON – British military personnel have started delivering fuel to gas stations after supplies were disrupted for more than a week due to a shortage of truck drivers, leading to long lines at pumps as worried drivers scramble to fill their tanks are doing.
Around 200 service personnel were deployed on Monday to promote post-training deliveries at commercial fuel depots last week, the government said.
“Army drivers have gone out,” Treasury chief Rishi Sunak told LBC radio. “I think the situation is improving for more than a week; Every day, as the statistics come in, it’s getting better and, as demand returns to more normal levels, the strong hope is that things will resolve on their own… people should know that We are doing everything that we can. “
While the government says the supply disruption is easing, fuel retailers continue to report local shortages.
Gordon Balmer, executive director of the Petrol Retailers Association, said the problem is particularly bad in London and southeast England, where 22% of the group’s members are still without fuel. The association represents approximately 5,500 independent fuel retailers nationwide.
“Some of our members tell us they’ve been without fuel for days, some for over a week now,” Ballmer told Sky News.