UK fuel crisis live: Military to deliver fuel to forecourts

Military drivers have been delivering fuel to the bombs since Monday

Military drivers will be deployed to deliver gasoline in forecourts from Monday as the UK shortage crisis continues ahead of what one fears will be a tough winter.

Nearly 200 military personnel – including 100 drivers – are conducting training at haulier sites and will begin delivering to help alleviate the situation in petrol stations, which the government insists stabilizing.

This comes as ministers announced that a temporary visa scheme for nearly 5,000 foreign food hauling drivers that is about to expire on December 24 will extend until the end of February.

Meanwhile, chancellor Rishi Sunak was told to Daily Mail that the shortage of merchandise may continue until Christmas because the problems in supply chains are global.

“These shortfalls are very real. We are seeing real disruptions in supply chains in various sectors, not only here but around the world,” Mr. Sunak warned.

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The government requires German residents to drive trucks even if they have never done so before

The government has asked thousands of Germans living in the UK to drive lorries to help the continuing shortage of HGV drivers, even though they have never driven it before.

German driver’s licenses issued before 1999 include a right to drive a small to medium -sized truck up to 7.5 tons, although most people holding such licenses never use it correctly. .

Our reporter, Tom Peck, has the full story below:

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The shortage of HGV drivers is an ‘international problem’, Javid insisted

Health secretary Sajid Javid said the HGV driver shortage was an “international problem” following the government’s announcement of new proposals to bring more drivers to the UK.

Ministers are extending the deadline for a temporary visa scheme for nearly 5,000 drivers hauling foreign food from 24 December to the end of February, following criticism of the system’s attractiveness to drivers.

When asked why drivers are going to the UK in other European countries, Mr Javid told Sky News: “Look, of course there is competition for drivers and that happens all over Europe but it’s important that we try to do the can.

“And I’m honestly confident that with the temporary visa changes announced we’ll get more drivers.”

You can find his comments in full below:

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PM’s failure to ‘get a grip’ of truck driving crisis could hurt Christmas, Starmer warns

Labor chief Sir Keir Starmer has warned that Boris Johnson’s failure to “get a grip” of the HGV driver shortage threatens to ruin Christmas in a second year, after the Covid crisis prevented many people who gathered last year.

Sir Keir said the shortage of lorry drivers – estimated at about 100,000 by haulage bodies on the road – was likely to hit many sectors of the economy in the coming months.

Our political editor, Andrew Woodcock, has the full story below:

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Fuel shortages are still ‘big problems’ in London and the South East, the head of the industry body said

Fuel shortages are worsening in some parts of the country, with the remaining crisis being a “really big problem” in London and the South East, warns the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA).

Brian Madderson told BBC Radio 4’s Now show: “In London and the South East and possibly parts of eastern England, if anything it has worsened.”

Although Mr. Madderson accepted the announcement that military drivers should be deployed from Monday, he warned that the move would only have a limited impact.

“It’s not going to be the primary painkiller,” he said. “It’s a big help but in terms of quantity, they can’t carry that much.

“We need a priority of deliveries to filling stations – especially the independent ones which are the retail areas – in London and the South East starting right away.”

The body industry leader also said that rising oil prices around the world mean motorists should expect higher prices on pumps when filling stations are re -supplied.

“Expect anything from 1, 2 or even 3p a liter increase to the pump. It’s not getting profiteering. It’s the real increase in wholesale prices caused by global factors,” Mr Madderson added.

(PA)

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The fuel situation has ‘stabilized’ in most parts of the UK, says Javid

The fuel situation has “stabilized” in most parts of the UK, a minister said, while bringing in the military to deliver fuel to forecourts.

Health secretary Sajid Javid told Sky News: “I think it is right as a precaution that the government has asked the military to help.

“I think that’s the right step to take to make sure people have all the confidence they need.”

You can find his comments in full below:

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Sunak warned that shortages could continue until Christmas early in the ‘challenging’ winter

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned that shortages could continue until Christmas because supply chain issues are a global problem.

In an interview with Daily Mail, Mr. Sunak also admitted that millions of families are facing a “challenging” winter amid a combination of rising energy prices, shortages and the end of the furlough scheme.

“These shortfalls are very real. We are seeing real disruptions in supply chains in various sectors, not only here but around the world,” the Cabinet minister said.

“We are determined to do what we can to try to mitigate as much as we can.”

However, the chancellor added that he believed the UK could envision the future with “a changed sense of confidence and optimism”, despite the many crises caused by the disruption in people’s lives.

(PA)

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The military has been delivering fuel to the bombs since Monday to overcome the shortage

The military will start delivering fuel to petrol stations from next week in a bid to address the ongoing supply crisis caused by a shortage of HGV drivers and panic buying.

Ministers said the mobilization of troops would help to “fill any critical vacancies and help move the country” before Christmas.

Our reporter, Lamiat Sabin, has the full story below:

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Hello and welcome to The Independentthe live scope of the UK supply crisis today.

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