The British government has now sought help from the military to meet a shortage of about 100,000 truck drivers. However, so far only 150 soldiers are planned to be trained for tank trucks. Meanwhile, the delivery problem continues to grow everywhere.
London – Fearing further escalation of the petrol crisis in Great Britain, the Boris Johnson government has now appealed to the army for help. Soldiers in a hurry to train as tanker truck drivers are ready to be deployed on the streets of Britain. However, it initially revolves around only 150 soldiers, while the oil companies are said to be short of about a thousand drivers to deliver their fuel to the refueling stations. In addition, the preparation of the people concerned for such a mission should take about ten days. Johnson’s critics complain that the government has done “too late and too little” – and “nothing” to be seen from the prime minister himself in this crisis.
Meanwhile, long queues again broke out on Tuesday at access to gas stations, especially in urban areas in England. Due to non-availability of petrol, a large number of petrol pumps were again completely closed.
Drivers trying to refuel panic
Since last Saturday, British motorists have panicked and tried to refill their tanks everywhere after British energy company BP first reported delivery problems. Crowds at petrol pumps had compounded the problem in no time – and dried up many petrol stations.
On Tuesday, the government believed it was seeing the first signs of “easing of the situation”. At most petrol stations, however, the crowd was still very high. In many places, the police were forced to secure access to gas stations and prevent traffic jams. Several petrol pumps in the country also reported clashes between drivers during the day.
bitter complaint of medical staff
This has side effects: doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers complain bitterly that they cannot do their jobs. “We have a real problem here that health care workers can’t do their jobs,” the British Medical Association (BMA) said.
“When we need to take care of our patients, we can’t stand in line for gasoline for two to three hours,” a BMA spokesperson said. Many unions warned that anyone undertaking such activity should be given immediate access to petrol – ideally through special petrol stations whose petrol is reserved for “key workers” for workers in key areas. .
Most economists in London wavered on Tuesday between fear and hope. He added that if the situation improves in the coming weeks, the economic damage may still be limited.
Loss of work can be dangerous
If the crisis lasts longer, however, the loss of work could have dangerous effects, warned RSM, a management consulting firm: “particularly as the shortage of gasoline for trucks and delivery vehicles worsens the shortage of freight transport.” Which is already worrying. We will.”
Doubts were also raised by the government’s announcement that it would issue an additional 5,000 work visas to truckers from the European Union and other parts of the world to provide a short-term measure. This visa should be valid for three months.
Due to the bureaucracy inevitably associated with it, such drivers cannot be expected to arrive before the end of October. And experts consider the number 5,000 to be too low as deliveries of many other goods are currently at a standstill. After all, there is currently a shortage of around 100,000 qualified drivers in Great Britain.
It is also difficult for the government to issue short term visas
The government has already found it difficult to issue 5,000 short-term visas – as it seeks to reserve jobs for British drivers after Brexit. The continent’s drivers only “undercut” their British colleagues, Johnson’s ministers have said several times over the past few days.
Rachael Reeves, finance spokeswoman for the opposition Labor Party, said the government measure was completely inadequate: “Most people don’t care whether a truck is driven by a British or foreign driver – as long as gasoline arrives in gas stations. Cars can fill up with it and so long as we have groceries in our supermarket.”
It is also completely open whether European drivers want to leave their jobs in the EU at all and move to Great Britain for three months to help out here. Much cited was the response of the Dutch Truck Drivers Association on Tuesday. It said: “The EU drivers we spoke to will not come to the UK on short-term visas to help the British out of the mess they are responsible for.”
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