Long columns of vehicles were formed today for the fourth day in a row at some gas stations in Great Britain, while the government is considering whether to hire the army in order to alleviate the problem with fuel delivery, caused by the lack of truck drivers.
The Association of Gasoline Sellers stated that the training of military personnel for driving tankers is in progress.
The government stated that “at this moment, there are no plans” for the engagement of soldiers, but that preparations are underway just in case.
The association of gasoline sellers, which represents almost 5,500 independent sales facilities, announced yesterday that about two thirds of its members reported that they had sold fuel.
The lack of truck drivers led to shortages of gasoline at gas stations and to his panicked purchase.
The government insists there is enough fuel in the country and blames customer behavior for the problem.
“The only reason there is no fuel at the gas stations is because people buy fuel they don’t need,” said Environment Minister George Justis.
Representatives of the transport industry state that Great Britain is missing 100,000 truck drivers, and add that it is a consequence of the so.called “perfect storm”, ie a combination of factors such as the corona virus pandemic, old labor force and exodus of foreign workers after the British exit from the European Union.
Immigration regulations after Brexit stipulate that citizens of EU member states can no longer live and work in Great Britain without a visa, which they could do while that country was a member of the Union.
Other countries, including the United States and Germany, are facing a shortage of truck drivers, but the problem is particularly visible in the UK, where it has contributed to empty store shelves and the closure of petrol stations.
After increasing pressure in previous weeks, the conservative British government announced on Saturday that it would issue 5,000 three.month visas to truck drivers from abroad and another 5,500 visas to farm workers so that families would not be left without a party or toys for Christmas.