The British Government is currently keeping the military on standby as the driver shortage continues to cause crisis among the fuel industry.
Prime Minister, Borris Johnson said, “the government has put army troops on standby to help distribute gasoline in order to help ease a fuel drought, triggered by a shortage of truck drivers, that has drained hundreds of pumps and sent frustrated drivers on long searches for gas.”
With military troops on reserve to help distribute fuel, Johnson was able to state that the crisis is stabilizing. “We now are starting to see the situation improve,” Johnson said, in a televised interview. “On the forecourts, the situation is stabilizing, and people should be confident and just go about their business in the normal way.”
“If required, the deployment of military personnel will provide the supply chain with additional capacity as a temporary measure to help ease pressures caused by spikes in localized demand for fuel,” Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said in a statement.
The British government blames the current crisis on the recent surges from an economic rebound from the pandemic along with recent Brexit immigration policies which have caused a significant cut in labor.
Trade body Logistics UK said, “Britain currently had a shortage of 90,000 truck drivers, and on August 22nd it and the British Retail Consortium asked the government to grant temporary visas to truck drivers from the European Union.”
Britain’s government, however, rejected all calls from retail and logistics companies to ease the immigration policy. They denied this solution with knowing the immigration policy is contributing to this mass driver shortage and acute supply chain disruption.
Since the start of the year, citizens that are from the EU and have plans to work in Britain are required to have a work visa which is usually only available for higher paying jobs and not positions that are in hospitality or logistics.
Hopefully with the implementation of the troop’s assistance if needed they can start to close the gap on Britain’s driver shortage.