The United Kingdom ordered this Monday the Army to prepare to help in the current fuel crisis in the country, after a weekend in which the British rushed to fuel stations, leaving them depleted.
“A limited number of military tank drivers must be prepared to intervene and mobilized, if necessary, to stabilize fuel supplies,” the British Ministry of Business and Energy said in a statement on Monday.
The military – who will receive emergency training – will do the transport of gasoline to the stations “where it is most needed and to provide more assurance that fuel supplies continue to be plentiful,” he added.
Business and Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng made the demand to the British Armed Forces hours after the Executive said that the military was not expected so soon. forced to help control carrier shortages in the dangerous goods transport sector.
This Monday, the British government put dozens of military personnel on standby to provide assistance in order to solve fuel supply problems caused by the lack of truck drivers, a situation that generated panic in the purchase of gasoline across the country.
While unions were calling for essential service workers to be given priority for fuel supply, Boris Johnson’s government explained that it was putting Army lorry drivers in “a state of readiness to be deployed, if necessary, to deliver fuel. where it is most needed”.
Kwasi Kwarteng said the UK has “large fuel supplies”.
“However, we are aware of the supply chain problems in the filling yards of the gas stations and we are taking measures to slow them down, as a priority issue”, he indicated.
Fuel shortage in the UK is due to refueling triggered by “panic”, said the president of the Association of Gas Stations (PRA) British, with the Government having turned to the army to help.
“One of our members got a tank at midday and by late afternoon it had totally disappeared into people’s cars,” Brian Madderson told BBC this Monday morning.
According to this official, who attributed the situation to the “panic, plain and simple” of motorists, the stations “are being filled, but the number of tanks they are receiving is below the necessary number”.
The worst-affected stations are in the country’s urban areas, he added, while rural areas and Northern Ireland appear to be being spared.
The PRA had warned on Sunday that about two-thirds of the nearly 5,500 affiliated independent outlets were out of fuel and the rest were “partially dry or about to run out”.
The supply rush has accelerated in recent days, after several oil companies announced the closure of some stations due to the difficulty in supplying them, a problem they attributed to the lack of truck drivers to drive the tanks from the refineries.
Lines of dozens of cars and hours of waiting formed around some gas stations, and the police were called in to control a skirmish between customers at a service station in London.
In a joint statement, companies in the sector, such as Shell, ExxonMobil e Greenergy, stressed that supply difficulties are being caused by “temporary spikes in customer demand – not a national fuel shortage”.
In recent days, the government has been calling for calm and awareness of motorists to buy only the gasoline or diesel they need, but over the weekend it was forced to take action, announcing 5,000 visas for foreign truck drivers.
The package of various measures also includes the suspension of competition rules, so that oil companies can share resources in supplying stations that are most in need, sending letters urging truck drivers to return to the profession and involving the military to accelerate the conducting tests for driving heavy vehicles.