Military drivers will be deployed from Monday to deliver fuel to forecourt to solve supply problems.
Nearly 200 military personnel, including 100 drivers, have trained at haulier locations and will begin deliveries to ease the situation at gas stations, with supply issues still being reported in Birmingham and the Black Country.
The government also announced that a temporary visa system for nearly 5,000 foreign food carriers that was due to expire on December 24th will be extended to the end of February.
In an announcement on Friday evening, the government said that 300 tanker truck drivers could enter the UK from overseas “immediately” with a customized temporary visa valid until March.
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Around 4,700 additional visas for foreign food transporters will be extended beyond the three months originally announced and will be valid from the end of October to the end of February.
A total of 5,500 poultry workers will also be admitted to fill supermarket shelves with turkeys before Christmas.
The government has stated that these workers, who can enter from the end of October, can stay under the temporary visa system until December 31st.
But the government added that the visas will not be a long-term solution and they want employers to invest in the local workforce rather than relying on foreign workers.
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They are also working with the industry to find long-term solutions to the shortage of truck drivers and to encourage more people to get into the logistics industry by improving wages and conditions.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said the fuel situation was “stabilizing” in most parts of the country and the military was being used as “caution”. But the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association said fuel shortages were worsening in some parts of the country.
Brian Madderson told BBC Radio 4 Today: “London and the South East and possibly parts of East England had gotten worse.”
Mr Madderson welcomed the announcement that military drivers would be deployed from Monday, but warned that the impact would be limited.
“This is not going to be the big panacea,” he said. “It’s a big help, but in terms of volume, you won’t be able to carry that much.
“From now on we need to prioritize deliveries to petrol stations – especially to the independent, i.e. the surrounding retail locations – in London and in the south-east.”
Rising world oil prices mean that motorists have to expect higher prices at the petrol pumps when the petrol stations are supplied again.
“Expect anything from 1, 2, or even 3 pence per liter more on the pump. This is not greed for profit. These are real wholesale price increases caused by global factors. “
The government has said there is no national fuel shortage, but Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the Daily Mail that supply chains in other industries around the world are disrupted.
He told the newspaper, “These bottlenecks are very real. We are seeing real disruptions in supply chains in various sectors, not just here but around the world.
“We are determined to do everything possible to mitigate this as much as possible.
“As you can imagine, the government is very focused on this because we know how important it is. My children will be very mad at me if there is no real Christmas party. “
The Financial Times reported that millions of UK Christmas dinners will be saved by importing turkey after British Poultry Council chairman Richard Griffiths told the newspaper the country’s major producers cut consumption by about a fifth this year because of The Brexit was cut from their supply of cheap labor.
A turkey farmer said the imported paper birds would likely come from France and Poland.
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