London, Oct 2 (EFE) .- British Army soldiers will begin distributing fuel to gas stations in the country starting this Monday to alleviate the lack of carriers, which has led to the closure of many service stations and long lines of hours waiting to refuel.
Almost 200 members of the Armed Forces, 100 of whom will be drivers, will be deployed to alleviate the situation after receiving emergency training.
Despite the fact that the Government and the big oil companies have insisted in recent days that the situation was “stabilizing”, more than a quarter of the independent gas stations in the United Kingdom continued this Friday with empty pumps, according to the National Association of Retailers .
In a statement released this Saturday, the Cabinet Ministry (similar to that of the Presidency) indicated that the 200 military personnel, who are part of the Army’s tanker truck personnel, will provide “temporary support” within the measures that the government has adopted to combat the shortage of drivers.
The country “still faces challenges,” despite the fact that demand “has stabilized and now more fuel is being distributed than is being sold,” according to the note.
300 foreign truckers will also be allowed immediate temporary entry, who will be able to stay in the UK to work until the end of next March.
The Executive adds that he is taking other provisional measures against the pressure suffered by the food supply chain, also caused by the lack of labor, which he attributes to “the pandemic and the recovery of the global economy around the world.” in his statement, without referring to Brexit, the country’s exit from the European Union.
Among these measures, another 4,700 food transporters will arrive at the end of October, who will stay until the end of February and 5,500 workers for the poultry sector will also be allowed to enter the country, with visas until December 31.
“The introduction of these temporary visas does not detract us from our commitment to raising skills and increasing wages in our labor market, but recognizes the extraordinary circumstances affecting the stability of the supply chain in the UK,” underlines the Government.