British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put the army on high alert as part of measures to combat the fuel crisis. It was reported by The Guardian newspaper on Monday September 27th.
It is noted that the military may be used as drivers to transport fuel to petrol stations.
The decision was made at a cabinet meeting on Monday. At the meeting, representatives of the energy industry said that it was consumer panic rather than a real shortage that was the main cause of the fuel shortage problems.
According to ministers, the crisis will be resolved within days.
“The U.K. still has large fuel supplies. However, we are aware of supply chain problems at gas stations and are taking steps to address them as a priority,” said Business, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng.
He said the deployment of military personnel will ease the pressure caused by spikes in local fuel demand.
To address the gasoline shortage, authorities have also freed truck drivers from having to retake exams to renew their licenses, as the procedure takes three days. The license, which expires between September 27 and December 31, will be extended until January 31, 2022.
Earlier, The Times wrote that British servicemen could be involved as drivers of petrol trucks because of the problem with the shortage of drivers in the country, which has already led to disruptions in the supply of fuel at petrol stations.
According to the newspaper, over the past few months Britain has faced disruptions in the food supply chain due to a shortage of truck drivers as well as fuel tankers. This led to the closure of some gas stations. Residents of the country have started to buy gasoline in a panic, despite assurances from the authorities that there are no problems with fuel supplies.
Earlier, on September 27, the BBC reported that the British government will suspend the 1998 Competition Act in order to establish fuel supplies at gas stations.
On September 23, BP Corporation closed several dozen gas stations because of difficulties with fuel supplies. This caused panic buying of gasoline, queues and traffic jams.