Refueling is currently a major problem in Britain: there is a fuel shortage. The British government wants to rectify the situation.
LONDON: Troops are expected to be deployed to Britain from Monday to avoid a lingering fuel shortage at UK gas stations.
The seat of government, Downing Street, announced on Saturday that it would provide “temporary” aid to nearly 200 members of the armed forces, including 100 truck drivers. In addition, the government has extended its offers to foreign truck drivers. A maximum of 300 foreign drivers must immediately obtain a work visa, which must be valid until March. Until now, the government had tried to attract foreign applicants to the island on temporary visas until Christmas.
There have been extreme bottlenecks at several service stations in Britain for over a week. Many are closed. Long lines form in the rest. It is said that the situation has improved in some parts of the country. According to a large association of service stations, this does not apply to London and the South East. Brian Madeson, head of the BBC’s Petrol Retailers Association, said on Saturday that the situation had improved in parts of Scotland, the north of England and the Midlands, while in the south it was “at worst “.
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