* Army tank drivers will be deployed if necessary
* Lack of truck has hit supply chains
* Britain says it will extend some HVV licenses
* The industry says the promise will stabilize (changes date, restarts headlines and leads, edits)
By Michael Hodden
LONDON, Sept. 28 (Reuters) – Britain has deployed troops on Tuesday to deliver fuel after fears of a severe shortage of trucks left fuel pumps on the ground, leaving hospitals without doctors and nurses.
Dozens of courts were closed due to signs of gasoline and diesel, but they still withdrew from gas stations in major cities.
Weakening truck licensing tests during COVID locks has exacerbated post-breach drivers’ unrest in Britain’s supply chains, exacerbating Christmas shortages and rising prices.
According to Commercial Secretary Kwasi Quarting, a limited number of military tanker drivers have been deployed to deliver fuel if needed.
“Expect the oil industry’s demand to return to normal in the coming days, but it is appropriate to take this prudent and cautious step,” Quarting said in a statement late Monday.
Deploying military personnel, if necessary, will provide additional capacity to the supply chain as a temporary measure to alleviate the pressure caused by local fuel pressures.
At some gas stations, a fight broke out as drivers ran for fuel.
In recent weeks, the world’s fifth-largest economy has been hit hard by the shortage of trucks, disruption of supply chains, and rising wholesale natural gas prices in Europe.
Retailers, trucks, and logistics companies have warned that prices should go from energy to Christmas presents.
No quick fix
Government ministers, oil companies, and gas stations say there is enough fuel, but the lack of trucks, coupled with the shock, has weakened the system.
The British Medical Association has called on health workers to give priority to access to fuel to ensure that the health service is operational.
The demand for oil means that in some parts of Britain, between 50% and 90% of the pumps are dry, and 65% of all 8,380 UK courts represent the Petroleum Retailers Association (PRA), which represents independent oil retailers.
With more cars now fueled than usual, we expect demand to return to normal in the coming days, easing the pressure on gas stations. “We encourage everyone to buy fuel as usual,” he said. In a joint statement.
However, truck drivers and retailers say the shortage of truck drivers, estimated at 100,000, is so urgent that transportation needs no further training and no immediate repairs.
The government has asked drivers to extend their licenses for certain HVV trucks, which will expire in the next three months. (Report by Michael Hodden, edited by Alistair Bell / Guy Folcorge)