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Military Called In To Deliver Petrol From Monday Amid Ongoing Shortages

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Military Called In To Deliver Petrol From Monday Amid Ongoing Shortages

The army is being called in to deliver fuel to garages from Monday as motorists continue to struggle to fill up their cars.

Around 200 military personnel, including 100 drivers, have had training at haulier sites so they're steady to start with deliveries next week.

Garages across the UK started to run out last week due to a shortage of HGV drivers to deliver fuel.

The shortages have led to panic buying, huge queues and even fights breaking out.

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The government has said the situation is stabilising and the military has been called in to help out.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Across the weekend over 200 military personnel will have been mobilised as part of Operation Escalin.

"While the situation is stabilising, our armed forces are there to fill in any critical vacancies and

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help keep the country on the move by supporting the industry to deliver fuel to forecourts."

The government has urged people not to panic buy throughout the shortage.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: "UK forecourt stock levels are trending up, deliveries of fuel to forecourts are above normal levels, and fuel demand is stabilising.

"It's important to stress there is no national shortage of fuel in the UK, and people should continue to buy fuel as normal."

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Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay added: "The Government has taken decisive action to tackle the short-term disruption to our supply chains, and in particular the flow of fuel to forecourts.

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"We are now seeing the impact of these interventions with more fuel being delivered to forecourts than sold and, if people continue to revert to their normal buying patterns, we will see smaller queues and prevent petrol stations closing."

Britain's lack of HGV drivers has caused supply chain issues across the board - with everything from food to fuel and toys impacted.

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In an attempt to ease the problem, the government announced that a temporary visa scheme for nearly 5,000 foreign food haulage drivers that was due to expire on December 24 will now be extended to the end of February.

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Topics: UK News, Politics

Claire Reid
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