UK fuel crisis live: Army takes petrol to the front pitches
Army drivers deliver gasoline to pumps from Monday
Military drivers will be deployed for delivery fuel to the frontcourts from Monday as the UK’s shortage crisis continues ahead of what many fear will be a harsh winter.
Nearly 200 military personnel – including 100 drivers – are undergoing training at transport sites and will begin deliveries to help alleviate the situation in Petrol stationwhich the government insists on its stability.
This came as ministers announced that the temporary visa scheme for nearly 5,000 foreign drivers for food transport which was due to expire on December 24 will now be extended until the end of February.
This deficiency is very real. Sunak warned of real disruptions to supply chains in various sectors, not only here but all over the world.
The government requires German residents to drive trucks even if they have never done so before
The government has asked thousands of Germans living in the UK to drive trucks to help with the persistent shortage of heavy truck drivers, even if they have never driven before.
German driving licenses issued before 1999 include the right to drive a small to medium-sized truck with a payload of up to 7.5 tons, although most people with such licenses have never used this right.
our reporter, Tom Pick, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 2, 2021 09:30
Javid insists the shortage of heavy truck drivers is an ‘international problem’
Health Minister Sajid Javid said the shortage of heavy truck drivers is an “international problem” after the government announced new proposals to bring more drivers into the UK.
Ministers are extending the deadline for a temporary visa scheme for nearly 5,000 foreign drivers of food transport from December 24 to the end of February, following criticism of the system’s attractiveness to drivers.
When asked why drivers are coming to the UK at the expense of other European countries, Mr Javid told Sky News: “Look, of course there is driver competition and it happens all over Europe but it is important that we try to do what we can.
“And I am confident that with the temporary visa changes announced, we will get more drivers.”
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Conrad DuncanOct 2, 2021 09:08
Starmer warns that PM’s failure to get the truck driver crisis under control could spoil Christmas
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has warned that Boris Johnson’s failure to “control” the shortage of heavy truck drivers threatens to spoil Christmas for a second year, after the Covid crisis prevented many people from gathering last year.
Sir Kerr said the shortage of truck drivers – estimated at 100,000 by road transport authorities – was likely to hit more sectors of the economy in the coming months.
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Conrad DuncanOct 2, 2021 08:53
Industry chief says fuel shortages remain a ‘big problem’ in London and the southeast
The head of the Petroleum Retailers Association (PRA) warned that fuel shortages were getting worse in some parts of the country, with the crisis continuing to be a “really big problem” in London and the southeast.
Brian Maderson told BBC Radio 4 Today View: “In London and the South East and perhaps parts of East England, if anything has gone wrong.”
Although Mr. Maderson welcomed the announcement of the deployment of military drivers from Monday, he cautioned that the measure would have only a limited impact.
“This is not going to be the main panacea,” he said. “It’s a big help but in terms of size, they won’t be able to take much.
“We need to prioritize deliveries to gas stations – particularly independent stations that are adjacent retail locations – in London and the South East starting immediately.”
The head of the industry body also said that higher global oil prices mean motorists have to expect higher prices at the pumps when resupplying gas stations.
“Expect a 1, 2, or even 3 pence increase per liter at the pump. This is not profiteering. These real wholesale price increases are caused by global factors,” Mr. Maderson added.
Conrad DuncanOct 2, 2021 08:39
Javid says the fuel situation is ‘stabilizing’ in much of the UK
One minister said the fuel situation was ‘stabilizing’ in much of the UK, as the army was brought in to deliver petrol to the front pitches.
Health Minister Sajid Javid told Sky News: “I think it is right as a precaution for the government to ask the military for help.
“I think this is the right measure to take to make sure that people have all the confidence they need.”
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Conrad DuncanOct 2, 2021 08:25
Sunak warns the shortage could continue until Christmas before a ‘difficult’ winter
Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned that the shortage could continue until Christmas because supply chain problems are a global problem.
In an interview with daily MailMr. Sunak also acknowledged that millions of families were facing a “difficult” winter amid a combination of high energy prices, shortages and the end of the holiday scheme.
This deficiency is very real. “We are seeing real disruptions in supply chains in various sectors, not only here but all over the world,” said the Cabinet Minister.
“We are determined to do what we can to try to mitigate as much of this as possible.”
However, the chancellor added that he believed the UK could think about its future with “a renewed sense of confidence and optimism”, despite the multiple crises that have disrupted people’s lives.
Conrad DuncanOct 2, 2021 08:16
Army delivers gasoline to pumps from Monday in a bid to address shortages
The military will start delivering fuel to petrol stations from next week in a bid to tackle an ongoing supply crunch caused by a shortage of heavy truck drivers and panic buying.
Ministers said the mobilization of troops would help “fill any important vacancies and help keep the country in motion” before Christmas.
our reporter, Lamiat Sabine, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOct 2, 2021 08:02
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Conrad DuncanOct 2, 2021 07:55