LONDON—Today, the U.K. deployed its military to aid the fuel crisis in the country, which has led to citizens panic buying gas, fights on forecourts and even customers filling up water bottles of gas, reports Reuters.
The military is delivering fuel to the fuel stations, and 200 military members, 100 of them drivers, completed their training this weekend in order to start delivering fuel.
“It’s important to stress there is no national shortage of fuel in the U.K., and people should continue to buy fuel as normal,” said Britain’s business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng in a statement from the government. “The sooner we return to our normal buying habits, the sooner we can return to normal.”
Britain is dealing with a trucker shortage and supply chain issues and has extended temporary visas for foreign trucker drivers through 2022, reports the New York Times.
According to Road Haulage Association, the U.K. has a trucker shortage of about 100,000 drivers. The country is not alone in this issue. The U.S. and other parts of the European Union are dealing with trucker shortages. The oil-field services industry in particular is worried that the coming Biden Administration mandate for U.S. COVID-19 vaccinations or regular testing will prompt highly sought after truckers to quit.
As NACS Magazine shares in the October 2021 issue, the shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. has carriers trying to tap into underleveraged talent pools, including women.
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